Yearly Archives: 2008

Kingfisher photographed catching 6 types of fish

Nothing to do with diving, although I suppose fish are involved, but I’m a big kingfisher fan as I think they are very pretty birds. Apparently they have to consume their own body weight in food each day. And let’s … Continue reading

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NZ: Fiordland to Makarora via Wanaka (and Rippon Winery)

Sun 23 Nov: After several great days in Fiordland it was time to leave. We set off from Manapouri relatively early and stopped in Te Anau for petrol. We found the best pie shop we’d been to so far on … Continue reading

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Coral recovering from tsunami

It’s just over 4 years since the tsunami that devastated many of the coastal communities in the Indian Ocean. In a small piece of  good news, scientists have found that some of the reefs that were damaged are recovering rapidly. … Continue reading

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NZ diver swims 6 hours to safety

At around 6pm on Tuesday night (23 Dec) a NZ man, Ian Foden, who had been diving for mussels, surfaced to find that his boat had come loose from its anchor. His wife was in the boat, but was an … Continue reading

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Shark circles kayakers off Sydney

Kayakers off Sydney found themselves being circled by a 4-5 metre great white (white pointer) off about a kilometre off Long Reef, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, which also has a video of the incident. The BBC also has … Continue reading

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Perth Snorkeller believed taken by shark

A 51 year old, Brian Guest, who was snorkelling with his 24 year old son in waters near Port Kennedy south of Perth, is believed to have been taken by a shark.The incident happened at around 7am on 27 December … Continue reading

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Hiking: Mt Butler – Shek O

Since I’ve been stuck with a cold for nearly a month now, I’ve not managed any diving. Hence the renewed enthusiasm for hiking. This week instead of continuing the Wilson Trail, we joined up with Trevor and his brother and … Continue reading

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NZ: Doubtful Sound

Sat 22 Nov: We had arranged to go on a tour including a cruise on Doubtful Sound. This is more difficult to get to than Milford Sound as you can’t drive there. It’s also 3 times longer and 10 times … Continue reading

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Dugongs at Sydney Aquarium

Apparently there are only 5 dugongs on exhibition anywhere in the world, and 2 of them are now at Sydney aquarium. There is a 10 year old male called Pig and a 4 year old female called Wuru, and they … Continue reading

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NZ: Milford Sound

Fri 21 Nov: Fiordland gets so much rain that they measure it in metres. Typically it gets between 7 and 9 metres per year, so we were expecting a fairly damp day. But our good fortune continued. It started overcast … Continue reading

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NZ: Towards Fiordland

Thu 20 Nov: We headed down to the lakefront to the bar / cafe at the station to see if they did breakfast and got a bit of a surprise. Having seen the steam engines for the Kingston Flyer in … Continue reading

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Beaked Whales teeth are to attract females

Male Beaked Whales have 2 tusks which stick out on the outside of their mouths. They use them to scratch each other, leaving patterns of scars. But they don’t seem to use them for eating, as they have a diet … Continue reading

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