I am off this week to do my winter shark survey for Grey Nurse Shark Watch (GSNW). I will be joining Cheryl and Kev of Wolf Rock Dive Centre and a boat load of fellow divers to the Wolf Rock dive site on Tuesday, 9th July.
Wolf Rock is a 30 min boat ride out from Rainbow Beach and can be seen from the northern end of Double Island Point. It has four volcanic rocky pinnacles which allow for multi-level diving to a depth of 30m and is thus suitable only for Advanced Open Water divers. It is at the most southern end of the Great Sandy Marine Park and offers a 1.5km exclusion zone around the pinnacles as it is a critical habitat for the endangered grey nurse sharks. They congregate all year round here and pregnant females regularly gestate at the site, it being the only known site on the East Coast of Australia where they do this.
I have been a GNSW custodian for dive sites extending from Fish Rock Cave, South West Rocks in NSW to Wolf Rock here in QLD for the last three years. I try to do both winter (July-Aug)and summer surveys (Jan-Feb) for the GNSW, and so far have been privileged to have named a number of sharks in the program, including Elliot, Kristen and Irene. Hopefully I will be able to get some great shots of the sharks and may even get to name another, if luck will have it.
Watch this space to see how I go!