After a very dull overcast start to the day over Sydney, the weather over Manly was surprisingly sunny. Excellent conditions for a lazy Sunday afternoon dive! After kitting up with the 400 pro dive divers down there, one couldnt help but think that this wasnt gonna be the best dive, however we would be pleasantly surprised as we actually only saw a small group of them at the start and at the end of the dive. Although without them I wouldnt have found a nice weight pouch to add to my collection. (Anyone in need of a 9 lb lead weight?)
The dive itself was pretty good, good vis and lots to see, no Wobbies or Port Jacksons this time but a load of smaller fish, Sting Rays, a Coffin Ray (Electric Ray/Numbfish), two Eastern Fiddler Rays, a shoal of Squid and we had the usual following of Blue Gropers wanting a free meal. We also had the pleasure/amusement of watching a pro dive instructor demonstrating how to deploy (or how not to deploy) a DSMB by firstly over inflating it, jamming the reel and then proceeding to hold onto it and follow it to the surface while his students watched from the sea bed! Go pro dive! ;-)
We tried to find the motorbike on the way back but instead just saw a lot of sand. We did however see an Estuary Catfish, the weird looking thing that it is!
An enjoyable lazy afternoon dive!