Diving the Needle

1 year 6 months ago #302214 by james
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Needle Rock located between the Big and Little Hippolyte rocks which located 3 nautical miles off the coast of the Tasman Peninsular. The rock rises up steeply from a depth of 60 plus metres to within a metre of the surface and makes for a spectacular dive attracting a mass of fish life and colourful invertebrate marine growth. The rock claimed the wreck of the SS Tasman in 1883 and SS Nord in 1915.

Over Easter a group of divers from the Tasmanian SCUBA Diving Club dived the needle, below is a video of the dive.


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1 year 6 months ago - 1 year 6 months ago #302215 by AB
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Most impressive!! I have dived similar at Wilson's Promontory (which is more Tassie territory than Vic) but always wondered what the Needle would be like! Probably the most Butterfly Perch I have seen, but not lots of other species, and no crays?

Thanks for posting!

Alan
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1 year 6 months ago #302218 by james
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Thanks AB, diving the Hippolytes you never know what might turn up, the area has been going off with tuna for the last few months, and when the bait fish came through I was hoping they would not be that far behind.. Regarding crays obviously my buddy did not do that well, saw a few in cracks and crevices as I ascended up the needle but was not in the cray catching mode.

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1 year 6 months ago #302251 by slug
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Great footage James. Those Perch numbers are amazing!
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1 year 6 months ago #302253 by james
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Thanks Slug, yeah those perch were pretty thick.

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