Sunday, November 25, 2012

Birkdale Intermediate School

Today 26 students came snorkelling with us at Goat Island. They were very enthusiastic and stayed in the water for ages. We saw snapper, red moki, spotties, a large short-tailed stingray and several eagle rays. Water is warming up and with the sunshine it felt like a nice summery day.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Summer's Here

Broad Squid
At last the air temperature and the sea temperature have warmed up. Visibility at Goat Island today was awesome. I guided a small group from Germany and Norway. We saw the usual fish like snapper, spotties, red moki plus a big school of Jack Mackerel. We looked for rays but orca had visited early in the morning and we saw none. Some very small broad squid glowed in the sunlight near the ecklonia kelp.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Whangaparaoa College

25 International students came snorkelling at Goat Island. Tide was very low but all managed the activity with no problems. Some very big snapper came around and there were several eagle rays in the shallows. Water still a bit cooler than usual for this time of year.