We used up the rest of our air from the Flinders Pier dive. This was also quite a murky dive for Ricketts, and there was nowehre near as much life to be seen as we would normally expect here. We did see several Scalyfins, Zebrafish, Horseshoe and Pygmy Leatherjackets, Sweep, Dusky Morwong, an d lots of Southern Hulafish. We also spotted a couple of Stingarees. Grass Flathead, and Banjo Sharks. On the way back in Kirsty found a large Sweet Ceratosoma seaslug funching through some of the grasses.

While packing up we met a skindiver who suggested that next time we try heading West, past the flage that mark the channel for the yacht club boats. There is a large, sandy bowl there, with a ledge that often harbours Port Jackson Sharks. We've only seen a couple of Port Jacksons here, although we are told that they are quite common.

The water was remarkably warm - my computer indicated 25oC, which was within a degree of the readings on the other two computers. We assume that the temperature had been pushed up by several days of the air temperature being in the high 30's, but I don't remember ever diving in water this warm in Port Phillip before.


Divers: Kirsty Batchelor, Peter Batchelor, William Batchelor

Weather/Sea: Calm.
Visibility: 3-4 metres.
Water temperature: 25°C.
Maximum depth: 4.5 metres.
Time of entry: 10:13
Duration: 84 minutes.