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Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 4

Disaster strikes

Exhaustion - after four days of diving and driving - has taken its toll, with Nick picking up his housing by the strobe arm, which wasn't locked, and dropping his housing on to the floor at Sundive in Byron Bay. Luckily, only the plastic dome port clips broke.

So Nick was sans dSLR camera for our dive at Julian Rocks. He borrowed Seanna's GoPro to take some video instead, and keep himself occupied.

The rock

The baby seal spotted at the rock a few days ago was still there and we had a quick look at him before gearing up.

The visibility left something to be desired, but there was heaps of life to photograph, as always, including the resident wobbies and grey nurse sharks in the trenches near the Cod Hole.

Here's two of Jase's photos shot with his Canon G12:


grey nurse shark

Lynton Burger, a Northern Rivers local and fellow Underwater Festival photographer, found a grey nurse with only one eye and another one with a fishing hook in its mouth.

After the dive, we stopped by Underwater Festival founder Tim Hochgrebe's place to show him our Jucy van and pick up Nick and Jase's festival T-shirts.

the crew with Tim 

Then we took Jase, who had never been to Byron, up to the lighthouse for a bit of sight seeing.

Jase at lighthouse 

And thanks to Lynton, Nick has new dome port clips and is back in action.

We're driving up to Seanna's place in Mooloolaba tonight in preparation for diving the HMAS Brisbane tomorrow. Fingers crossed we get some nice conditions. 

Video of the day


Until tomorrow, over and out!

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