Another amazing day at Gordons Bay. Took out my macro lens today for the first time in about 2 years to try some close up photography. Out at about 10m deep, I couldn't believe it when 5 devil rays (they may have been eagle rays but I'm pretty sure they were devils) approached me. Never seen any thing like this before at Gordons Bay or in Australia for that matter. I've only seen them overseas in Solomon islands and Malaysia/Borneo. So you can imagine my excitement (like a Star Trek nerd discovering a secret episode in the box set while losing his virginity at the same time). I made a few happy grunting like sounds into my reg, then fumbled with my camera. Too bad I screwed up the opportunity to get some shots of this rare sighting - my camera wouldn't focus since it was set up with a 60mm macro lens, so no pics, no evidence. By the time I changed settings to try and video them they were gone.
I did get a few shots of some southern calamari and a large flathead. Brushing up on my macro skills I got close up to a common stingray which was buried in the sand. Viz was only about 10 meters at best, with some surge. Water temp was nice at about 23 degrees. Maybe the warm water is bringing the rays down our way.
Common string ray