Archive for May, 2012

#172 Rye Pier 2012-05-30

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
31 minutes, max depth 4.6 m, water 13°C
Buddies: Joey Clapper

#171 Rye Pier 2012-05-29

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
30 minutes, max depth 4.3 m, water 13°C
Buddies: Alexandra Law

#170 Rye Pier 2012-05-29

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
48 minutes, max depth 4.6 m, water 13°C
Buddies: Alexandra Law

#169 Rye Pier 2012-05-27

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
21 minutes, max depth 5.2 m, water 13°C
Buddies:

#168 Rye Pier 2012-05-27

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
48 minutes, max depth 4.9 m, water 13°C
Buddies:

Spider Crabs at Rye Pier

Monday, May 21st, 2012

After the long Saturday my plan was to take it easy on Sunday. Plans quickly changed, however, when I got a text  in the morning saying that the spider crabs had been spotted at Rye. Huge number of spider crabs gather there each year for their annual winter moult. I quickly packed my (mostly dried) dive gear and headed down to the MUUC shed. Despite the short notice several people had showed up, it’s once in a year event after all.

When we got to Rye it was clear that the crabs were there. While the place was not exactly crowded there were still several groups of divers either heading in or getting out of water. We talked with some other divers and everyone said that there were tons of crabs at the bottom.

And indeed there were, thousands upon thousands of spider crabs all around the pier and quite a few on the pylons as well. In many areas the bottom was totally covered by the spider crabs and they were often stacked on top of each other. A truly amazing sight and well worth the visit. I spend bit over an hour underwater and took lots of photos and a couple of videos as well. Particularly touching was one lone spider crab with only three legs left, the poor thing still kept drudging on despite the handicap.

The crabs seemed to have driven away most of the usual life at the pier, there were no seahorses to be found. There was one juvenile shark though and one really adorable baby ray.  I was using my hood this time and it seemed to help with the leaking neck seal. After the dive we ate the remaining chocolate cake and drank the last bottle of Pommac. I also offered people Turkish Peppers, but they weren’t very popular this time either. A few brave souls tried them but the taste didn’t really agree with them. More goodies for me I suppose!

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#167 Rye Pier 2012-05-20

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
Rye Pier in Melbourne, Australia
63 minutes, max depth 5.2 m, water 14°C
Buddies:

#166 Pope’s Eye 2012-05-19

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Pope's Eye in Melbourne, Australia
33 minutes, max depth 11 m, water 15°C
Buddies:

#165 Zulu Reef 2012-05-19

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Zulu Reef in Melbourne, Australia
29 minutes, max depth 22 m, water 15°C
Buddies:

#164 J4 Submarine 2012-05-19

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
J4 Submarine in Melbourne, Australia
35 minutes, max depth 27.1 m, water 15°C
Buddies: Alexandra Law, Dean Wardell