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Monday, October 18, 2010

Scuba diving in Jervis Bay

Underwater Jervis Bay has been compared to the Great Barrier Reef - the spectacular and colourful marine life and vegetation is a major attraction and testament to the pure natural environment that is being protected to preserve one of the country's most valuable icons.

Current visabilty underwater in Jervis Bay is 10 to 15 metres, water temperature is 17 to 19 degrees.
Some of the more popular dive sites include  Bowen Island, Point Perpendicular, The Nursery, Echo Point, The Docks, The Arch, Crocodile Head and Smugglers Cave.

During June to October many divers choose to dive with the seals. The male fur seal can mate with up to 50 female seals a year, the female gives birth to just one pup a year until they die at around the age of 19. The Australian fur seal's diet consists of squids, (its favorite), octopus, crustaceans,  rock lobsters and small fish. It usually hunts a diet of fish made up of Pilchards or Mackerel.

Dive accommodation for groups in Jervis Bay can be found at

Waters inside Jervis Bay are influenced by the warm water flowing south in the East Australian current and the cooler waters flowing North from Bass Strait, These currents enter jervis Bay near Bowen Island and flow in a clock wise direction around the bay before exiting near Point Perpendicular, it can take up to 24 days to completly flush Jervis Bay but with the right tides this can happen much quicker.

Jervis Bay area supports more than 230 species of marine plants and over 216 species of reef fish including blue groper, leatherjackets, wrasse, snapper and bream.
Endangered grey nurse sharks can be found by divers as well as the harmles Port Jackson Shark.

Check out the Australian Marine conversavtion society on face book.

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