DIVE TOURISM – SEAL ROCKS
December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
LITTLE SEAL ROCK has a population of grey nurse sharks also but a calm anchorage is difficult. One advantage of a dive here is the sharks will not be as familiar with divers, which may or may not be a good thing. Jocelyn near the surface is about to make her decent into the group – eastern side of Big Seal Rock.
Jocelyn Edwards having a swim at Big Seal Rock. Depth about 20 meters – in 1986 when the sharks began returning after a decade-long drought on land effect natural marine food supply. The parents were spooked and escaped into the sea when Ron Taylor and I climbed ashore in our wet suits. We crawled over the sharp rocks then stood up to get this shot of the pups – startled to see the first human visitors on the rock. They must have scurried away as only a single picture exists.
GREY NURSE SHARKS in MAGAZINES (Sea Frontiers etc) <Click 27 August 2013 Re Grey Nurse sharks. “I was up at Crowdy Head for a couple of days last week and was talking to the old fisherman next door. He told me they had a couple of good mullet hauls off the beach and as part of this netted four small grey nurse about 4-5 feet long. There is a very detailed Fisheries procedure for handling these protected species. the short version is they can bring them into shallow water but are not supposed to beach them (how you do this in a net full of mullet I don’t know). Anyway the fishermen were in the net trying to steer them out when one of the smarter fishermen tried to grab one by the tail and throw it out of the net. The nurse mauled him and he had to be evacuated by chopper to john hunter hospital in Newcastle. He had a couple of teeth removed . A memento I guess. They get a lot of small grey nurse running with the mullet”. (Bob Grounds).