Red Light District

It was a churning, swirly night dive under Port Noarlunga Jetty. The seas were breaking over the reef creating confusing eddies. Even my compass seemed to have a mind of its own.

The white light from our torches turned the undersea world into a milky haze like swimming through swirling fog. Pretty soon it became all too bright so I changed to red light and Jess turned off her torch completely to immerse herself in the soft ambient glow from the jetty lights above.

Diving with only red light takes a little getting used to but is a wonderful way to approach critters without alarming them. This little gurnard perch was more than happy for me to nestle down alongside, admire its stoic pose and capture a few images.

I’m looking forward to more red light night dives from now on.

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