Tony and a potato bass (checking out his camera) at Texas

Newsletter: New wreck dive in the making?

Hi divers

Tony and a potato bass (checking out his camera) at Texas
Tony and a potato bass (checking out his camera) at Texas

The trip to Mozambique seemed to arrive very quickly and ended just as fast. Somehow a week goes by a lot faster when on vacation. We had really good weather and some really good dives – no in fact every one of the nine dives we did was spectacular. We had fun with huge, friendly potato bass and for me the huge schools of fish and bait balls, rays, as well as a leopard shark that buzzed us at Doodles were the highlight. There are some photos on facebook here and here, and watch the blog for more.

Leopard shark and entourage at Doodles
Leopard shark and entourage at Doodles

Back home

The weather is not going to play along with divers this weekend and a cold front as well as a 5 metre swell with a fair amount of rain arrives tomorrow. The rain I can deal with but the swell will make diving very surgy and reduce the visibility. The water was not looking good this morning and had a greenish hue. I decided not to dive and that’s going to be the plan for at least the next few days.

Raggy scorpion fish - look closely - at Three Sisters
Raggy scorpion fish – look closely – at Three Sisters

Cape Town Dive Festival

The bookings are starting to roll in (the Saturday dive to the SAS Fleur is already full, for example) so if you have not yet booked please visit www.ctdf.co.za and pick your dives and book. We are on the following dives, if you want to join us:

Friday 10 August

Saturday 11 August

Early booking is a really good plan as if you book and pay by 31 May you can win an Apeks regulator set worth R7,000!

Clifton

The Eihatsu Maru at Clifton 1st Beach, taken on Sunday 13 May
The Eihatsu Maru at Clifton 1st Beach, taken on Sunday 13 May

If you have not seen a 50 metre long fishing trawler up close before, pop down to Clifton and take a look at the one on the beach. There are some photos of it here and here. If all goes well, it will be gone by Saturday, if not it will be there for a while. Re-floating a ship that size is a far bigger task than most would imagine (witness the Seli 1, which is actually in a position far more conducive to being recovered, but was in much worse shape when she ran aground). There is also a risk of it tearing a hole in the hull as they drag it off the beach and this could mean a new wreck to dive.

Regards

Tony Lindeque
076 817 1099
www.learntodivetoday.co.za
www.learntodivetoday.co.za/blog/

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Scuba diver, teacher, gadget man, racing driver, boat skipper, photographer, and collector of stray animals

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