Sydney Reefs have it all

Sydney has a unique marine ecosystem which is the envy of the world. Sydney is one of the rare cities where you can see fantastic marine life, both big and small right on our doorstep. Every time I return from New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, Borneo, the Great Barrier Reef or where ever, I am more and more amazed at just how good our local ocean life is. I just came back from Lembeh and the fifteen dives I have had in the month since I returned would send the dive guides from Indonesia into sheer ecstacy. Grey Nurses, Wobbygongs, Bull Rays, Numbrays, Weedy Sea Dragons, Sea Horses. Pygmy Pipe Horses. Anglerfish, Blue Devils. We are so lucky to have Blue Gropers, Leatherjackets, huge variety of Sea Slugs, Octopusses and Cuttlefish on every dive, the world's biggest cuttlefish. The list goes on and on. Count your blessings Sydney divers. (Don't let the world know our secret.)

 

 

 
blue groper wsd
Blue Gropers are the friendliest fish in the world,. You can pat them, tickle them and stroke their sides. They are actually a giant Wrasse. They do like a feed of Sea Urchin. I simply turn the Urchin over and let the Blue Groper smash the shot spined underside open with its massive jaws. Thud. Sea Urchins are in plague proportions from Tasmania to Brisbane. This is caused by the over exploitation of their main predator, the Lobster. Weedy Sea Dragons have the 'tube mouth' common to all of the Syngnathidae (Sea Horses and Pipe Fish) . (meaning comes from Syn fused and Gnath teeth) It is perfectly adapted for sucking up Mysid shrimps and other small critters. Males can be seen with eggs usually from mid September to Christmas. Some late bloomers still have eggs into February.
sepia baler

Sepia apama is the world's largest cuttlefish. It displays the phenomen of super growth. They increase their body size ten fold with a few months. In November, they are fifteen cms long. IN March, they are sixty to seventy and much more than ten times larger. Thier beak is capable of cutting right through your fins, for example.

The Southern Baler shell has the long hunting siphon. It lays solid egg masses around reefs and wrecks of Sydney.