aandtsociety Rock pool trip out to sea(barrier reef in a rock pool)

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  1. pkc

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    This place we first found in the late eighties and once in there you realise the marine environment is almost totaly represented here.
    An area in the middle of this reef has the biggest oysters you will find any where and back in the day when you could take them,there were heaps of oyster newberg dinners very much enjoyed from this reef.
    One of the guys would eat them there,ten or twelve would fill you!
    There are all kinds of corals,clams,zoanthids,turtle weed,coralines,anemones,the list is enormous in the first pool.
    In the past there has been many hours spent in this reef and its three rock pools just watching and learning the Intricacies of most of the life found on the barrier reef.
    We normally take when we swim from the boat to this reef,a sealed container with us with our lunch,cameras,towls,all the gear to have a fantastic day out in an olympic swimming pool sized barrier reef,in the first pool any way.
    There has been only once that we have attempted a very dangerous entry to the pool,the swell that day was around three metres and one of us had a close call that day,but the draw of the pool put the clubby back into the water and actualy made it into the pool.
    Sounds foolish,of course it is,but when you look at the pics and video which shows very little of this beautiful place,you will see the strong draw the pool can have over you.
    The water around this reef is quite deep,110 feet at the deepest and that can be quite close to the edge of this reef at times and can be up to 40 metres of visiblilty.
    A lot of myths can be allayed here as to how some corals function and the interactions of many kinds of creatures can be watched over time in complete safety(once in there) from the very deep current affected open ocean that smashes up against this spot and can make it a do or die entry to this chain of rock pools.
    The trip out here is a solid 37 kilometres and you have to cross one of the worst bars in Queensland to get there, but it is so worth it,the closer you look at the reef dwellers there,the more you realise there is far more in there then just heaps of the beautiful popular aquarium life forms.

    The scuba diving around this site is extremely good as well and varies from 50 to 100 feet of good diving,as for the snorkelling(mainly on the southern side)apart from the pools,this can be breath taking on the right day.
    The area here is normally very current affected and dangerous,which gives it its concentration of life as enormous amounts of planktonic life moves past here.


    Video of the way we get into the rock pool.
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    The life in the pool
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    A short video of the rock pool
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    There is a long video of the rock pool but it is to long to put on the net as yet,it may be a gig long!
     
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    jojojo looks great
     
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    top spot

    i love it there!

    The rock pool has,in the spot on the east end where there is the most movement,what looks like hundreds of them,non bigger than a foot in size and i noticed one over 15 years back as a little pretty one and it is a foot now,it's colours are the same as opal,very nice,i am sought of attached to that one,i have watched it grow from a thumb nail size to a foot in about 8 years and it is still living nicely at that size,same exact spot,same clam!

    There is a spot a a few minutes away, there are heaps more of them there than any where in the south east and very few people know of them,which is good.

    we learn a lot about then there,what eats them,how fast they grow,where they grow best,we have even found identical twins there,attached to each other and the exact same colour.

    It is a beautiful spot,but it is large,not like the rock pool,heaps of life squished into a small spot

    i couldn't put a link to our taged area on the pool,if you want to look at the pics of the pool trips this is the thread on it,just click on the link to all photos of the rock pool

    Rock pool out to sea(barrier reef in a rock pool)
     
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    Great video, I would love to come dive there...
     
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    Lets hope that this spot stays as beautiful as it is now for generations to come.
     
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    hope so

    It should survive global warming with a bit of luck,human interfearence isn't a prob,most don't know where it is.

    fingers crossed in 50 years time people will still be able to do what we do.
     
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    Jip must agree great video...you guys have all the fun...
     
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    video

    Its a cheap $140 little video and stills 5 mega pixel camera that has a sepperate housing and i am stil trying to use it properly.

    next time we are there i will try to do a smoother video of it.
     
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    WOW! That's awesome footage, many thanks PKC. REALLY really great pool......
     
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    pkc thnks...will be looking forward to that...
     
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