Rocktail Dive Report - June 2016

Jun 29, 2016 Rocktail Camp
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June was such an exciting month here at Rocktail. Sightings included tiger sharks, bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, a black marlin, a frogfish and the first sightings of humpback whales!

Inigo Marco decided to complete a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course and had a great dive at Aerial where he saw a hawksbill turtle, devil firefish and a geometric moray eel. The following day he went on an Ocean Experience and what a trip it was! There was a pod of about 20 bottlenose dolphins playing in the waves, swimming back and forth, surfing the waves with some of them jumping right out of the waves. Then Darryl spotted a dark patch in the water; at first he thought it might be a whale shark but on closer inspection it turned out to be a three-metre-long tiger shark! No one wanted to snorkel with the shark but Inigo stuck his GoPro into the water over the side of the boat and recorded some great footage.

Elusive produced two very special sightings this month. The first was of a painted frogfish! Sam discovered it when she was looking at a piece of ‘soft coral’ that looked unusual; on closer inspection she realised that she was indeed looking at a big frogfish. It was sitting upside down, wedged in a crack in the reef, its mouth slightly open just centimetres away from the reef. What a perfect spot to hide whilst waiting for an unsuspecting fish to swim past.

The other incredible sighting at Elusive was of a two-metre-long black marlin! It was just Kymi and Stefan Bodenburger diving with Sam and as they were hanging at five metres completing their safety stop the marlin swam right past them. An encounter that none of them will forget in a hurry!

Pineapple reef is a great place to take macro footage as it has an abundance of tiny critters. Whip coral shrimp are so well camouflaged that they are often hard to find, however divers were spoilt when we came across a luminous green whip coral shrimp that wasn’t hiding out as well as they usually do. Further along the reef there were a couple of tiny scribbled pipefish, a paperfish and lots of nudibranchs. The best macro sighting however was of a pineapplefish!

Ocean Experience trips have produced particularly great sightings this month. With sightings of bottlenose dolphins being common, we also had a sighting of humpback dolphins and then an incredible sighting of a pod of over 300 spinner dolphins! On the last day of the month, we headed out for an Ocean Experience trip and saw a devil ray jumping out of the water, a tiger shark swimming along just behind the waves, a green turtle and then three big humpback whales. What a great end to an action-packed month.

Can’t wait to see what July has in store for us.

Congratulations go to:
Inigo Pelegrin Marco
Callum Maclean
Allan, Bettina, Jonathan, Chris Taylor
For completing their PADI Discover Scuba diving experience

Yours in diving,
Darryl, Clive, Michelle, Samantha, Mandla and Sipho
The Rocktail Dive Team

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