Today was a much kinder day, weather wise, yesterday was 36 deg. and we both ended up with red noses. This morning we walked along the beach and managed to get some nice photos of Skates which are very curious and move towards you with their eyes raised. I did a load of washing and was confident it would dry quickly but the washing was slower than usual because unlike in the showers they use fresh water for the machines and however it’s pumped the pressure is very low. I’m sure they use fresh water not to make our clothes lovely and soft but because the minerals in the bore water wreck the washing machines. The taps for the basins and showers looked badly affected.
Our Quad bike experience was great but the lesson leant today was, “Don’t wear shorts when Quad Biking”. I had to put my left foot behind my ear just about to get away from the hot engine casing. Steering wasn’t as easy as I expected and neither was the throttle so a few times I struggled to stay on the “road” and my forward movements were a bit jerky. We had to stay on the tracks which are defined by the Dept. of Conservation but did go over some steep dunes and have photos to prove it!
Half way through the jaunt we stopped to look down over some Turtle feeding grounds and The Editor was an excellent spotter. Also saw what are apparently Osprey chicks but the nest is nothing like an Ospreys so I wasn’t convinced. Maybe our leader had seen the parents though.
After 2 hours we came back and I needed a swim so we went to the beach, along with lots of others. There was a big crowd in one section and we discovered they were there for some fish feeding that happens every evening. When the food ran out the fish came investigating swimmers and some were beautiful and some were BIG. The Skates we’d seen in the morning were also scooting about so it was lucky the water is crystal clear, I’d hate to stand on one. I wish we’d brought our snorkelling gear because that would have been a perfect time to use them. We couldn’t be bothered going to hire some at that time of the day.
Tomorrow we leave here and are heading for Denham and Monkey Mia so maybe out of Internet range again for a few days.
Skate looking at us looking at him.
Skate showing the long tail.
The Bane of Alex' Life
Me, coming up the dune.
Alex coming up the dune.
Why WE get so dirty.
A full day. At 9:00 we were at the Booking Office to get our fins, goggles etc ready for our big day out. It was windy so they weren’t sure exactly where we’d go but we started having a little “familiarisation session” in a place that had waves which left us both feeling uncomfortable and reluctant to have another go. I never seem able to keep water out of my mask and have to keep telling myself, “breathe in, breathe out through your MOUTH”. There was a strong current and our lesson for the day was, “Don’t try to keep up with people who swim for a living!” I stayed close to the boat and Alex regretted leaving it. He saw turtles and Reef Sharks, brightly coloured fish and mostly Staghorn Coral. No bright coral. I can’t even remember what I saw on that first dive. The second stop was to swim with Manta Rays and Alex was wise and stayed on board, I gave it a go but quickly realized I just couldn’t keep up with the leader so I got back on the boat. Watching from the boat just reinforced it was a good decision to make because the Manta Ray didn’t exactly cooperate and the leader would take off in one direction with his followers on his flippers then the Manta would take off in another direction and they’d all be off again. I was really happy to see the Manta appear underneath a mother and daughter who were worn out and coming back to the boat. From the boat we could just see a dark shape under the water.
After that little episode the boat went over the seagrass beds and we saw heaps of turtles. They didn’t stay around feeding when the boat arrived but some did stick their heads up for a look around. We also saw a Dugong, Eagle Ray, 3 Stingrays and a Tawny Nurse Shark. No-one went into the water there because it was a feeding zone and it was dangerous. Next for our amusement was a long trip out beyond the reef into the ocean for some whale spotting and of course, “Cap’n. Ahab” had to say to the deckhand, “Thair she blows”, as soon as he saw one! The best were the mother and calf Humpbacks which put on quite a show but it’s certainly easier to stroll down the grass at Port Elliot and watch the Southern Rights just offshore.
Next came the Reef Sharks “cleaning station” for those still with enough energy ( and one who THOUGHT he had enough) to swim to the area between 2 bommies. Neither of us were that delusional we just swam around the boat and enjoyed seeing all the bright fish which were very curious and came up quite close to check us out. I particularly liked the coral that looked just like a jelly straight out of a mould. I wish we were able to swim in the beautiful, calm turquoise water but that didn’t seem to have enough marine activity to make it worthwhile on a charter.
Tonight will be the Aloe Vera and tomorrow the red noses BUT we’ve booked a Quad Trek & unfortunately the only time was 12:45 so we’ll have to be smothered in sunscreen for that. Thanks to the editor for the photos.
Coral Bay showing the patches of reef and the coastline.
Thar she blows!
Can we please swim in this beautiful waveless water?