Baby’s Gone a Hunting

I’ve said before that Port Noarlunga is underrated as an amazing diving location and last night’s dive proved again the beauty here.

We got in the water around 11pm but with the 40 degC hot days we have been having it was just like jumping into a warm bath. Feeling pretty relaxed and pretty lazy we dived a very small area below the end of Port Noarlunga Jetty and as it turned out we did not have to go far for all the critter action.

This image shows a juvenile Southern Calamari, Sepioteuthis australis, out hunting, one of many we encountered.

We found nudibranchs, bobtail squid, headshield slugs, blue ring octopus, scorpion fish as well as many of the local reef inhabitants in their nocturnal state.

The secret to an awesome Port Noarlunga night dive is to come back off from the reef and dive the sand and sea-grass beds. That’s where the really interesting critters will be.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Baby’s Gone a Hunting’ 1/100 f/20 ISO320 100mm

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