Another dive in the Goat Island marine reserve with some mishaps, plenty of pleasant surprises and a really sad one:
Gauges left at home
While I was finishing packing my gear, a courier brought a package for me. I was excited about its content and forgot to my gauges (a computer and a compass). I realised that only after I got to Goat Island. It’s a shallow area between the shore and the island, I could survive without a computer easily, so I went for a dive anyway.
Water was surprisingly clear, more than ten metres.
Jellyfish and jellyfish-like creatures were hovering everywhere. Those unfortunate ones that got stuck in kelp were eaten by leatherjackets.
EMR working with kids
A group of kids from Whangarei came with EMR to snorkel in the marine reserve. I had a chat with one kid’s dad who came to help. He was a Kiwi, a diver, yet it was his first visit of the reserve ever. He usually catches fish, I was really glad he enjoyed just looking at them.
I saw a school of juvenile snapper above sand. They were about 10cm long, it’s always joy to see the young generation around.
Strong current through the channel
I went for my dive soon after the outgoing tide had started. At the end of it the current in the channel was surprisingly strong. I was swimming to the beach, but it took me under the laboratory.
Video camera switched off accidentally
I usually start my videocamera at the beginning of the dive and let it run while I take pictures. I accidentally turned it off while still on the beach so no footage this time.
Fishing in the marine reserve
When the current took me under the rocky platforms I found three fishing lines with sinkers and hooks there. They were all new, clean lines, shiny hooks and no growth on the sinkers. It’s sad there are still people who think it’s all right to fish in the marine reserve.