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The EAC

The EAC man

The EAC man

The East Australian Current (EAC) is an ocean current that moves warm water from the tropical Coral Sea, down the east coast of Australia. The powerful flow of the East Australian Current is like an undersea highway. Many creatures can be found commuting in this current, including the majestic Sea turtle. It is the largest ocean current close to the shores of Australia. It can reach speeds of up to seven knots in some of the shallower waters along the Australian continental shelf, but is generally measured at two to three knots.

Fish Rock is world-renowned as one of the top dive sites within Australia and indeed the world.  The team at Fish Rock Dive Centre love what they do and can’t wait to introduce new and experienced divers alike to this beautiful underwater world where colourful tropical species meet with their unique temperate counterparts. 

South West Rocks is the closest point of the mainland to the eastern Australian continental shelf and as such diversity abounds here, making Fish Rock a truly spectacular and unforgettable dive site.  Critically endangered grey nurse sharks, graceful rays, inquisitive eels, three species of turtles, vividly coloured nudibranchs and curious batfish are just some of the animals encountered here that make diving this wildlife mecca an unforgettable experience

Nicolas Terry Photos of Fish Rock

Bat-fish Fish Rock Cave

Bat-fish Fish Rock Cave

Photos of Fish Rock, by Nicolas Terry. Nick can take photos, it is one thing to have a good camera but not many can do the camera justice as Nick can. Nick has made a couple of dives at Fish Rock and just keep him away, Turns up with a smile a camera and rebreather and of he go’s snaping of photos getting the the photos we all look at with

Have a look at Nicks Photos http://fishrock.com.au/photo-gallery

 

Grey Nurse Shark, Fish Rock Cave

Grey Nurse Shark

Wobbegong Shark

Wobbegong Shark

Grey Nurse Shark

Grey Nurse Shark

 

Whale Watching at South West Rocks

whales twin breach

whales twin breach

Had an amazing day whale watching today, had about 6-8 whales travelling back home, mum her calf and entourage of 4 humpback whales showing off their skills of breaching.

It was a fantastic spring day, sun shining a light sea breeze in the morning, not much swell as we are heading out to Fish Rock we found some whales just past the gaol around Smoky Cape at South West Rocks. The Humpback whales not doing too much just make their way home after about 10 minute we made our way to Fish Rock for some diving.

During the dive break  we saw the whales again the same one’s but had a little more go in them this time, they were breaching over and over again, they keep going a truly inspiring experience for all.

whales South West Rocks

whales South West Rocks

From April through to November the waters off South West Rocks are a temporary home for migrating whales and their calves.  This provides ideal opportunities to observe majestic humpback whales, Southern right whales, pilot whales and dolphins, and as such whale-watching charters are available upon request.

Make the call get some friends together and come whale watching just $50 per person contact Jon at Fish Rock make it happen.

AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course

project aware shark 1

 AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course

Fish Rock takes pride in the delivery of  AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course, Fish Rock  is a grey nurse shark habitat area so it makes it the most logical place for the course to run along with years of experience of the local instructors. The grey nurse shark, wobbegones, shavel nose rays, blind sharks the list gos on this is a logical place for this coures

You will also discover how close we are to losing some shark species forever, but there is hope. This course takes you through the management strategies that can help protect sharks and, best of all, the many actions you can take to give sharks a fighting chance.

more details on course

DIVE FISH ROCK CAVE

 Fish Rock Cave, South West Rocks, new cross section of cave

Fish Rock Cave

Fish Rock Cave

Scuba diving at South West Rock with Fish Rock Dive Centre is the only place to get down and wet, with some the best diving in Australia.

Spring is in the air and water, all starting to warm up, whales are on their way home with their babies, time to get back in the water and experience some of the beauty this place has to offer.

FISH ROCK CAVE – South West Rocks, Australia

Fish Rock Cave

Fish Rock Cave

Fish Rock is world-renowned as one of the top dive sites within Australia and indeed the world.  The team at Fish Rock Dive Centre love what they do and can’t wait to introduce new and experienced divers alike to this beautiful underwater world where colourful tropical species meet with their unique temperate counterparts.  South West Rocks is the closest point of the mainland to the eastern Australian continental shelf and as such diversity abounds here, making Fish Rock a truly spectacular and unforgettable dive site.  Critically endangered grey nurse sharks, graceful rays, inquisitive eels, three species of turtles, vividly colored nudibranchs and curious batfish are just some of the animals encountered here that make diving this wildlife mecca an unforgettable experience

Amazing free dive through fish rock cave

Amazing free dive attempt through fish rock cave AS SEEN ON 60 MINUTES

Climbing a rope to the bottom of the ocean

Climbing a rope to the bottom of the ocean

A world-first freediving challenge is about to be attempted. Freediving instructor and AMCS supporter, Mike Wells, will be attempting to freedive Fish Rock Cave, Australia’s longest ocean cave, on a single breath. This extraordinary event was to take place on July 26th 2009, but was postponed due to bad weather. Mike will be attempting this dive on August 5th 2009. Stay tuned…

See the 60 minutes article about the free dive attempt on their website…

Mike’s motivation is both personal and charitable. The swim has been an ambition of his for years and will be an endeavour to raise funds for our precious ocean wildlife. AMCS campaigns to protect places such as Fish Rock Cave, a critical habitat of the endangered grey nurse shark.

A message from Mike

The beauty and simplicity of free diving

The beauty and simplicity of free diving

“Fish Rock Cave is Australia’s longest ocean cave and is also one of the largest natural aggregation sites for the endangered grey nurse shark. This site has been close to my heart for years, it is very easy to fall in love with these majestic animals. To swim through the cave on a single breath will be spectacular, the cave is the habitat of hundreds of lobsters and other marine species who call this dark wondrous cave their home. To interact through the cave in the most natural way possible will be nothing short of an amazing and privileged experience.

There is a lot to take in in just one breath

There is a lot to take in in just one breath

Starting at the deepest side of the tunnel 26m deep, I will traverse through a pitch-black tunnel to the chimney packed with fish and crustaceans and wobbegong sharks, over the dogleg ridge and down to the 60m tunnel of darkness that is home to many green turtles.

The residing dizzying array of fish and life as you burst through to the light is an overwhelming sensation, another 30-40m to the fresh air at the shallow entrance to the cave at 10m deep. The cave is also home the largest aggregation site of grey nurse shark in Australia, deservedly one of the greatest underwater experiences in the world.

I am hoping to raise funds awareness and funds for the Australian Marine Conservation Society, an organisation that put heart and soul into helping our oceans and its inhabitants. Pledge your support today.”

Cross Section Diagram of Fish Rock Cave

A cross section of fish rock cave showing the magnitude of the attempted free dive

G’day from Fish Rock Dive Centre

3rd October 2006

Yes the diving just gets better, after a couple of nasty days of diving, the water turned blue and warm, we had 25mtr + vis, 20deg water not to bad (pretty dam good I Say) for October, went down and checked the anchor looked up had my divers on the left and a couple of great Queensland Gropers on the right, took some great shots around the exposed pinnacle, we went around the pinnacle found about 10 Gray Nurse Sharks just hanging around, a couple of big Turtles.

On the way back to Green Island we had to stop, the traffic was unbelievable 20min we waited for about 20 Humpback Whales to go past, I got some fantastic photos, full breaches.

The next dive at Green Island we were all a little excited after the last 2 hours, just about to jump in and we had a visit from a whale calf and it’s mum about 20mts, just cruising along, any how back to the dive, yes it just gets better we had about 20 Gray Nurse Sharks hanging around, another Big Queensland Groper, Bull Rays, Bait Fish running (swimming) around everywhere and at the end we had a goodbye for now from a school of Bull Nose Rays, a nice way to finish a days adventure at Fish Rock.

Compilation of great photos from this week

Compilation of great photos from this week


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