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Scuba Diving With Q – Scuba Diving The Keyhole Off Shelly Beach Australia #ScubaDive #ScubaDiving

Scuba Diving With Q – Scuba Diving The Keyhole Off Shelly Beach Australia #ScubaDive #ScubaDiving


Hey people of the internet it is Q with
another scuba diving adventure. Ten minutes after seven on a Saturday
morning and it’s 16 degrees outside, so things are warming up now that we’ve
moved into springtime in Australia. I did manage to get a look at the water
yesterday, while I was down at the coast and most, if not all of the dive sites are
looking open and fantastic and I would say the one I’m thinking of choosing we’ve probably got visibility of around about the six or seven meter mark at a minimum. So if it expands out over that I will be one happy diver. Steve the instructor at
wildcat dive has got a course on today. He’s got three students just starting
their open water course, so he’s going to be in the pool with those guys, I’m going
to be out diving with my buddy Gordon and whoever else turns up and
I’ll find out whoever else that may be when I get to the dive shop. Just before we get into the diving
proper I’m going to quickly show you this thing that you saw me buy in the
intro to this video. This little braided tether is a very useful item to have,
especially if entry and exit to your dive site is particularly difficult, somewhere
where you may need both hands to be free to climb over rocks or just generally
assist yourself. With this tether, here you can see I’m just holding my fins, but
you could also put your mask strap through there as well and essentially nothing is going to get lost should you fall over and get tumbled
around by some waves. But more importantly it frees up both your hands
to be useful to you, instead of just carrying gear, which may or may not get
lost. Obviously at this particular dive site
on this particular day the conditions were pretty good. The waves were quite small, there wasn’t a lot of surface movement going on. But even so I’m still gonna get myself into the
habit of using this strap for every single dive, so that I don’t have to
think about it, it just becomes a second nature part of getting my equipment on myself
ready for any dive. I’ll be going into more detail about this tether and its
construction in a video that I’m planning to release shortly with my top
five ideas for christmas gift ideas for the scuba diver in your life. Some of them are going to be relatively
inexpensive, some of them are going to be mid-range expensive, but nothing’s going
to be outrageously expensive. Anyway, moving on to the dive. As it turned out it was just Gordon and I out in the water this particular day. We did a surface
swim out for about a hundred meters, but it just didn’t seem to be getting any
deeper, so we decided to drop down into relatively shallow water. You can see I’m
dropping into 3.5 meters, which is just 11.5 feet. A quick check to see that my
buddy was OK. A check also of our direction and we were off in search of
adventure. If you see some of my other videos, occasionally you’ll see me
picking up bits of rubbish and litter off the seafloor. One of the other things
that we look for are fishermen lead weights and we collect these because
eventually you’ll have enough lead that you can melt it down and make yourself
some new dive weights, because buying dive weights brand-new is not a cheap
exercise. From the outset I could tell that this dive was going to be more of the small things in the ocean, so
probably a lot of the marine home aquarium enthusiasts might find this
video particularly interesting because there’s quite a lot of focus on the
small things which could be incorporated into your aquarium. Plus it’s just nice to see the things
you might have in your aquarium in their natural environment. There were lots of
these purple Nudibranchs on this dive. Really really small these guys. The
specimens that we saw were particularly small, they can grow up to 2 centimeters
or point seven eight of an inch in length. And if you want to get really fancy you
can use the official name, which in this particular case is Sagaminopteron ornatum. I guess that means really small. I did say that the slant of this
video is aimed more towards the marine aquarist, so you are getting a lot of
focus on the different types of hard and soft corals that I see. Also if this is
the first time for you in my channel, I’m not using my finger to point out what
we’re going to be looking at, I’m actually using my finger as a point of
reference, so you can see the relative size of the objects that I’m filming.
This one was a little bit too big for a finger size comparison, so I actually use
my whole hand. This little guy is a common cleaner fish
and they occupy a very unique place in the fishy world. Once a client fish comes
into the cleaner fishes area it’ll start swimming around in a bobbing dance like motion and this is kind of a signal to the other fish that hey I’m going to clean you, can you just calm down and settle down please. Obviously the diving pose that I’m
presenting is not the right signal for this cleaner fish to come and clean me.
Most of the fish we did see on this dive where juvenile reef fish of lots of
different species and varieties. And a lot of them were quite camera shy
on this particular day. I’m not even going to attempt to say the name of this
particular species of Nudibranch, suffice to say this is one of the most
common types of Nudibranch you will see on a dive in south-east Queensland and
this white species can grow up to 8 centimeters which is about 3.2 inches in
length. OK once my dive buddy let me know that he was at 100 bar of air I told him to wait down below with the flag, while I went to the surface just to get the final heading on our exit. This
particular dive side is called the keyhole for a reason and that’s because
there’s a relatively narrow sandy gap between two rocky outcrops which is your
entry and exit point for the dive, and if you miss the exit point, whichever way you go to the left or the
right, you’re going to end up on rocks and if the waves are big enough that’s
gonna be a nightmare scenario for getting yourself out of the water. With our exit point sighted I dropped back down and indicated to my
dive buddy the direction we were going to move off. Another thing that I’ve been
noticing throughout the dive here and there were these little clusters of what
looks like an egg of some sort. Although I might be mistaken it could be
a plan. But on this particular rock on the way home there was quite a big cluster of them, so
I thought I’d grab some footage and see if any of you can let me know what
exactly it is. Is it a plant or is it an animal? As you can see they are very
small. The diving around Caloundra is mostly on
a rocky sort of seabed, although there are large patches of sand be had in
some locations. But here you can see that the sand is not particularly thick and
the wave action has exposed the rock underneath presenting this beautiful
pattern. On the final leg back home here you can see the rocky part to the
right-hand side of the sandy keyhole as we head back into the shore. I have to
say, this was a very welcoming sight because I have had a couple of times
here, where I’ve missed this exit point and it’s not being very pleasant or
comfortable trying to get out over the rock structure. Our total dive time on this was 60
minutes. Our maximum depth was seven meters which is 23 feet. The water temperature was quite a nice
21 degrees centigrade which is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the visibility
was around about 7 meters or 23 feet. And as I pop my head out of the water, boom, right at the place we wanted to be
straight at our exit point. A beautiful day and a beautiful dive. Yeah, that’s why I knew we’d hit the keyhole, and I’m thinking okay so it’s all plain sailing
from here. Yeah you can see the current running on
top here. You’ve go all a big water coming in on the waves, onto that really shallow
bit there. It has nowhere else to run, its going to run this way. If you’ve enjoyed
this scuba diving adventure with Q please subscribe to the YouTube channel
and leave a like and if you have any questions or you can answer a question
that I’ve asked during this video please leave something in the comments section
and as soon as I see it I’ll get back to you. Thanks for watching and take it easy.

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