Wintering over in Hahei Beach, the upside of winter is the crystal clear water we’re getting nice and close to the coast. It’s making it all worth while and the water’s definitely warmer than being topside…

Wintering over on South Sunk, 2km off shore from Hahei Beach

Wintering over on South Sunk, 2km off shore from Hahei Beach

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Where is Everyone?

This is what beautiful Hahei Beach looks like throughout October, November and mid-week early December. Well, not exactly everyday but your chances of getting sunshine and calm seas are increasing by the hour. Although our water is still bordering on the crispy side of freshness, the air temperature is in the shorts and jandels zone and there were a few sunburnt shoulders walking through town yesterday evening. Good sign. . Josh is looking like he is push-starting the boat here but apparently they got out to sea and these happy souls  enjoyed a Dive Experience with Josh and were pretty chuffed with their efforts under the water.

Living on the Edge…The South Sunk Snapps

Josh has made a great 3 minute video clip featuring the big,fat,tasty, not-so-timid snapper Living on the Edge, South Sunk Rock, outside the Marine Reserve. Check out    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jfqiKyTsC8 

I’m not sure what these big fatties think they’re up to but, really, South Sunk is pretty well known and these guys spent a lot of time flirting with the camera. We look forward to seeing them back again over summer

Mako Shark Action New Zealand… SHARKED

Check out Josh’s full version of this video, at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ16GqEcTDo

the interaction and filming is amazing

 

Out for a good day spearing at Castle Rock, off Hot Water Beach, with a few of us Coro lads then, DRAMA… An average size mako shark comes in for a decent go on some of the freshly speared fish. After 30mins or so of careful judgement the mako becomes rather trustworthy and we began to feed her and even get the odd hand on her. An exhilarating experience to say the least and we were very lucky to get such a calm beast. At the end of the day it gave us the perception that this shark was friend not foe.

 

Threatened Sharks, Rays Granted Protection in the Mediterranean

Photo: Great news for Mediterranean Sharks! Ten species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention. http://ow.ly/cenCMProject AWARE Foundation

MEDITERRANEAN – Ten species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention.

Oceana is extremely pleased that the EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention.

These species, including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako, have declined dramatically in numbers – some by as much as 99 per cent during the last century – while others have vanished from parts of the Mediterranean where they were once common. The delayed decision of the EU was the final step needed to formalise their protection, to which the remaining countries within the convention had agreed in February.

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