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Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 8

The Great Divide

The crew was divided for the first time on the trip, with Seanna and Jason's names being drawn from the hat for the two spots left on today's Yongala trip.

the Yongala map

That left Kieren and Nick to fend for themselves, but the resourceful outcasts found a freshwater creek to explore to Nick could hopefully get some entries for the freshwater photo category.

Meanwhile, Seanna and Jason enjoyed two fantastic dives on the SS Yongala - a historic wreck in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - with nearly pristine conditions. There was hardly any swell, wind or current. The only thing their dives were lacking was clear visibility.

The Yongala did not disappoint. It was Jason's first time on the wreck and Seanna's second after flooding her old Nikon D70 on a trip four years ago.

They hung out with some friendly marbled rays that seemed to enjoy swimming over their bubbles.

Seanna with a marble ray

The wreck was covered in fish - black and giant travelly, fusiliers, queenfish, angelfish, rabbitfish - as well as olive sea snakes and a few reef sharks out on the sand.

Everything seems to be bigger on the Yongala - the fish look like they're on steroids as the Dutch dive master put it.

Yongala fish life  

Nick had some success at Alligator Creek with freshwater eels, catfish and longneck turtles.

We all met back at the dive shop in the afternoon to review our photos and then hit the town of Ayr for some Chinese to celebrate our last night with Jase, who will be flying from Townsville to South Australia for his second stint on the Rodney Fox boat.

The wind is meant to pick up tonight but fingers crossed the dive shop makes the call to go out tomorrow so Kieren and Nick can get some time on the Yongala. Then it's on to Cairns and Port Douglas for the last day of day of the shoot-out - how time flies when you're diving!

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  1. SharkMan
    SharkMan on 09/11/2011 12:23 p.m.
    Sounds like fun for all the family.

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