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Scuba Diving With Q – Squid School And Underwater Selfies #ScubaDive #ScubaDiving


Hey people of the interwebs it is Q with another scuba diving adventure. It’s been fabulous weather all week, so I’m expecting that we’re going to get some decent visibility out here today. It is a Saturday morning, it’s seven o’clock, I have no idea which dive site we’re going to, I have no idea who’s going to be turning up, so all will be revealed once we get down to the coast. Once I arrived at the dive shop I found out that Steve the instructor had some customers in who were doing a course. So they went off in one direction and that left myself and my dive Buddy Gordon to head off in another. We were also joined by Ian who is an instructor’s instructor, he’s also certified as a self-reliant diver, which basically means that he can dive on his own and so that’s why he’s got the extra little pony bottle attached to his big scuba tank at the back. And of course as you do on every dive, you help your buddy get their gear together and make sure that everything is in place before you get into the water. We also had a chat and decided that we were going to do things a little bit different today, because we only had about four metres of visibility we were gonna stay pretty shallow and as you can see here we dropped into 1.2 meters water which is just four feet. I also used a different extension pole for the GoPro this time which allowed me to do these selfie shots. One of the first things we discovered was this coral shrimp. He was a bit shy and reluctant to come out of his house, but these guys are cleaners. Basically they will go around and clean up other animals. As I came around this corner, this little baby stingray decided to move off and he was quite calm casual about it at first and then I think his wing tip just touched the rock and he scared himself and darted off into the distance. A lot of people who are non-divers, seem to have the impression that going deep is the way to go and see things and experience things. But in all honesty the shallow water reveals the most sea life, and today was a prime example of that. Here at the Kings Beach boat ramp we were in, I think, a maximum of five meters of water and ranging between two and three meters most of the time. But this is where all the life is concentrated, this is where you get to see most of the good stuff and of course if you’re snorkeling then you can also see them quite easily too. There’s a dad with his two kids, showing them the wonders of the water and I think one of the kids was curious as to why there was a flag floating around on its own. Next I saw a shape that confused me at first until i got a little bit closer. These are actually a school of squid. They’re not very big, these are juvenile squid, but they were still pretty fast. And as I tried to catch up with them they stopped swimming with their wings and started using their jet propulsion system and that’s when they just lost me and left me behind in the dust. But it was fascinating to see them in this location, I haven’t seen them here before. On a dive of course we like to check out every nook and cranny, because that’s where all the good stuff hides. And no dive would be complete without me showing you a couple of Nudibranchs. Here my dive Buddy Gordon, found these two little cuties. I’m not sure how this is pronounced. Is it Our Dear Doris or Our Dead Oris? I’m not going to pronounce the name of this one, but the numbers in brackets afterwards revealed the date it was first catalogued. Here I found a Cowrie Shell and basically this is just an underwater snail with a beautiful shell. I love the shine on this. This is the remains of an octopus’s dinner. This painted cray had been completely disembowelled and consumed. And I think it looks a little bit like something out of the movie Alien. Those octopus they sure do a very thorough job. And what happens to the shell is that eventually it will be crushed down by the wave action and the little particles will get smaller and smaller and end up as sand on a beach somewhere. Again checking around the corners and into the nooks and crannies, I came across this beautiful little wobbegong shark. Not too big, but very sleepy and quite happy to let me get real close so I can show you this wonderful camouflage they have. And there you can see the eyes, I’m sure he’s checking me out, but he’s quite content to just sit there and let me look. On our way back to the Kings Beach boat ramp exit point, I came across this wonderful shoal of fish, who were feeding quite happily. Our total dive time was 66 minutes and it was only cut short because we had people who we had to meet afterwards, we still have plenty of air left in those tanks that’s for sure. Water temperature was 22 degrees Centigrade, which is 71.6 Fahrenheit. Our maximum depth was five meters which is 16.4 feet. But we ranged mostly between the three and four meter mark, which is probably around about right, because the visibility on that day was quite reduced, down to five metres of visibility which is 16.4 feet. So we figured hey if that’s the visibility, let’s stay in that depth of water. Oh and if you’ve heard a farting noise throughout this video, that’s actually just air escaping from the new extendable GoPro camera pole. It wasn’t me, I promise. (laughs) If you enjoyed this scuba diving adventure with Q, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and leave a like on your favorite videos. Also if you have any comments, leave them down below and as soon as I see them I’ll get back to you. Thanks for watching and take it easy. That was excellent! Yeah, I stopped back there because I saw a stone fish, but it was so well camouflaged. Oh yeah? And I’m looking at this thing, at what looks like a mouth and like a fin. But it was so camouflage I just gently touched it with the stick to get a reaction. It finally moves, but at that stage you’d moved on. That must have been when I saw the squid. Really? Yeah there was about 20 or so, that’s why I shot off after them. But they were really really fast. Yeah.

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