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This was the second main trip of the season and one of the last as this was in mid to late May.

The water is dropping in temp now so we won’t be having many snorkelling adventures until the temps start coming back up,but there will always be a few of us that keep hitting the water no matter how cold it gets.

This trip we had on May 17 acheived for most of the clubbies that are into collecting,a large smile on faces that will last for ages,for what we had was a perfect day.

The water was clear, calm and a nice temp, there was so much life around we were regularly asking each other does any one want this fish or whatever and whoever would swim over to the clubby that would say show me, sometimes it was a yes but mostly we moved on due the vast numbers of each species, we only got what was wanted on the day for our tanks and some for other clubbies that could not be there.

The new member Nick was very keen to have a go at collecting his own species and he had a ball, we got him a few lovely fish including a blue angelfish and some others.

The big surprise of the day was how fast Colin has gone from finding it hard to get anything to catching the ever elusive cleaner wrasse for us, he has already worked out one of the hardest fish to get, that’s youth of 26 for you, and he will be doing better than us in no time at all,but than again he did propose to his other half the other day so the ball and chain may be put on,maybe not with these two,she loves the water as much as him.

Colin was lucky,I had no one to watch or learn off in my early days, I have no doubt with his young lungs and being keen to watch and learn, he will be catching a fish or two for us far better than we can soon.

One of the high lights of the day would have to have been our new member Nick being a bit apprehensive of seeing a shark, which is fair enough to as there was an incident by a small shark, black in colour and I haven’t seen this colour type before. I won’t say what happened; it may scare some one unnecessarily.

In that area the more experienced stayed ahead of the others, just in case, only four of us went that far anyway, we didn’t stay there long, it can be a bit sharky, we only went there for the prime spot to get a tube worm or two anyway, a young person lost there life to a shark just out from there a while back, though the conditions we were in were as safe as possible for that spot,though it is full of beautiful things, you never trust the marine environment,the fish live there we don't.


Later on we found a few dog sharks, these are whaler sharks and except for inflicting a nasty bruise or a suck by there crusher plates, they are more or less harmless and very tasty.

I got Danny to pull on a particular smallish ones tail out of the many that were there and as i went down and I waited at the front of the rock formation and grabbed its head as it came out and caught it.

They are very strong so nick was called quickly to come and look at his friend, his saw this and you can imagine the reaction.

It was all good fun and though the shark would have made some lovely fillets, it was let go.

There were a couple of turtles around on the day and one had a little fishing line between it's shell and its neck, which wasn’t noticeable until it just sat on the bottom while it was videoed, the line was cut off as it was being videoed and off it went.

I think it apprecialed the help as it came back three times after that and came in once very, very close just casualy swimming around us and watching and seemed to not be scared of us at all,infact the complete opposite, they normally take off when you touch a flpper,but not this one,it was quite intent on being a part of what we were doing,shame we didn't have a jelly fish or something like that for it.

Firstly the very bad conditions that followed our very,very nice day out on the ocean snorkelling and sight seeing.

This is a brief video of a swimming reserve spot that is normally as smooth as a bath tub as it it is out of the line for most swells,at this time under attack by the intense pressure swells damaging our coastline,the life saving tower in the video is normally in the edge of a sand dune and the beach has been covered by the fallen trees that were up in the many parks along this area,some further up the beach were in the surf,for one of the best family beaches around,it is ruined.





We were so lucky to have had our trip when we did as the ocean around here will take weeks to recover its clarity,but it will take many years to fully recoupe its life forms and in some places it may never fully recover!


This was a popular park in flood,over the last 17 years of living here it has not flooded this badly and as we all know,all rivers,drains and creeks lead to the ocean and sadly huge coral areas are only several hundred yards away from here.




The pics and videos that follow are of the day, beginning with the trip out sunrise, finishing with the trip back sunset.
The sun wasn't quite up at this stage.



This spot has the most interesting snorkelling and in the crack formations there are heaps of crays and a cave for the very experienced to swim in to.




As you can see,even just after sunrise the water was around 10 to 15 metres vis.



All around this spot is very nice snorklling and spearing,though the rocks can be a bit unsafe.



To the right here there is a very nice secluded beach that never has a current in there.



The first fish is a Pomacanthus semicirculatus,heaps around this year!Quite a few tube worms as well.



The next is a cute little cole tang(a striatus).



Shane wanted this pineapple fish,you have to snorkel a little deeper for them.



There have been a few coral beauties this year,as with all the angels.



This is one of the heaps of box and puffer fish seen and one or two cowfish.



we were all very tired on the way back after some of us had been in the water for 7 hours chasing our new tank creatures and just cruising around having one of the best trips this season.



Underwater trip videos






















Dannys dive photos .
1.The first one is a very common form of nudi for the area.
2.one of the purple sea urchins found in this area.
3.The little whaler dog shark we used to get Nick excited.
4.One of the many fang blennies in the area.
5.This type of urchin accounts for alot injured divers around here.
6.And of course,you wouldn't be in south east queensland and not see many lizardfish.













There is so much more to our trip it's rediculous,but there are only so many pics you can put on and there were heaps taken,but the picture that would have told the whole story of the day,would have been if we had a photo of the smiles on all of our faces,as we talked about our adventures on the trip back home!
 

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Amazing Pics, Thanks a bunch :) isnt it amazing the colors of just captured fish, and some of those ive never even seen before. Thanks again so much for sharing
 

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I Want To Be In The Club!!!!
i think you live to far away,but if any one is coming on a holiday,don't hesitate to contact us and we can help out.
 

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Great pics and videos. Its so cool to see these creatures in there natural habitat.

To interact with them seriously helps with the hobby.
 

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i think you live to far away,but if any one is coming on a holiday,don't hesitate to contact us and we can help out.
Ok If I Want To Go On A Holiday, Who May I Will Be Contacting?
Also Do You Know Any Collecting Trips Anywhere Near Me?
Thanks!!!
 

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Ok If I Want To Go On A Holiday, Who May I Will Be Contacting?
Also Do You Know Any Collecting Trips Anywhere Near Me?
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I assume you are from the states?and you are very young as well.

If any one is coming over here on a holiday than it can be a pain in the(you know what)to try to look around your self with no local knowledge or the time to look around when you don't live near by.

The contact the club thing when some one from over seas comes here,is on our website the (contact us) button and one of us will point you in the direction of a few nice spots to look at our marine life.


we also have a snorkelling and dive sites page on our website so you can find the spots around here easily as well.

See yah.
 

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I assume you are from the states?and you are very young as well.

If any one is coming over here on a holiday than it can be a pain in the(you know what)to try to look around your self with no local knowledge or the time to look around when you don't live near by.

The contact the club thing when some one from over seas comes here,is on our website the (contact us) button and one of us will point you in the direction of a few nice spots to look at our marine life.


we also have a snorkelling and dive sites page on our website so you can find the spots around here easily as well.

See yah.
What's The Website Name?
 

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Just put in a search on google for (aandtsociety)a lot comes up if you don't let it go to (aandt society) we are the first hit and the home page is called South East Queensland Aquarium Society.

Don't laugh at our page style website,it is home made.


Or just click on this
South East Queensland Aquarium Society
 

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Just put in a search on google for (aandtsociety)a lot comes up if you don't let it go to (aandt society) we are the first hit and the home page is called South East Queensland Aquarium Society.

Don't laugh at our page style website,it is home made.


Or just click on this
South East Queensland Aquarium Society
The Site Is Cool!!!
Anyways, With My Age And My Location, Can I Still Be Part Of The Collecting Trip?
 

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The collecting trips are for members only and the website has the address and where the meetings are held,at twelve it would be very hard mate, discuss what you want to do with your parents as this a very adult thing we do and you are at an age where some one has to responsible for your actions and safety and we can't be!

Look at where the meetings are held,discuss with your folks what you want to do and you work it out with them.
 

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Well I Don't Think My Parents Will Let Me........
But, On Your Site It Says That Ya'll Go On Freshwater Trips Too.
Is It True?
 

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Around two a year.
The freshwater breeders group meets on the third tuesday of each month.
The contact number for Danny is the one to call about that,he is the pres.
There are two fresh water wholesaler trips over the next two months as well.
if your folks want you to be a member you can call danny,his number is on the about us page.
 

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Around two a year.
The freshwater breeders group meets on the third tuesday of each month.
The contact number for Danny is the one to call about that,he is the pres.
There are two fresh water wholesaler trips over the next two months as well.
if your folks want you to be a member you can call danny,his number is on the about us page.
Where Do Ya'll Meet At? And If I'm Far Away, Is There Transportation For Members To Get There?

Do You Go On The Freshwater Trips?
 

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Myself and family go and so do a few others normally on the freshwater & picnic combo trips.

There are not many people at the freshwater breeders group meetings these days,most of us are marine keepers.

No on the travel thing,you get to where ever on your own steam.

This page tells you all you need to know.

aandtsociety membership and contacts
 

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Myself and family go and so do a few others normally on the freshwater & picnic combo trips.

There are not many people at the freshwater breeders group meetings these days,most of us are marine keepers.

No on the travel thing,you get to where ever on your own steam.

This page tells you all you need to know.

aandtsociety membership and contacts
Well I Guess I Can't Be Able To Go........ =(

But Is There A Possible Way That You Can Find Me A Freshwater Fish And Give It To Me? :)
 

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I only keep marines,when we go any where,fresh or salt i give away there what i catch anyway,my marine tank tank was full a long time ago.call Danny if you want to know more,his children have freshwater fish and he has some as well as marines.
 

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I only keep marines,when we go any where,fresh or salt i give away there what i catch anyway,my marine tank tank was full a long time ago.call Danny if you want to know more,his children have freshwater fish and he has some as well as marines.
Alright Thanks So Much!!!
 
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