After a week of rain water was quite murky as expected. However, it got much better further off shore and I realised the swell was a much bigger problem for photography. I was not keen to swim much so even did not cross the channel to Goat Island. I spent most of my time under the platforms on the right side of the beach.
Jellyfish were gone, but there were still plenty of small jellies in the water. There were quite good numbers of them for photography, but they were not destroying visibility.
I tried to ignore snappers and focus on small fish instead. One spotty was exceptionally friendly, so was a kelpfish. There were beautifully coloured goatfish on the sandy bottom, unfortunately too shy for a reasonable picture.
I really enjoyed those tiny overhangs under the platforms. It’s almost unbelievable how colourful they are. People looking into water from above water can see only sea weeds and fish. They cannot see all those colourful patterns of encrusting life forms.
It was a very relaxing and pleasant dive, but something bad is happening. Goat Island is a well known marine reserve. No fishing is allowed. Yet I found a hook and a sinker underwater … again.