There's some good news & some bad news from 2nd Valley. 1st the bad, the jetty steps are broken and have been closed off (see photos). Entry from the beach is also impossible due to thick deposits of dead seagrass. Entry must be made from rocks in either of the 2 southern bays. The good news is that a new beach access ramp has been built to replace the old boat launching ramp. This new ramp is not for vehicles though, just people and possibly wheelchairs. More good news is that there is renewed signage re the spearfishing ban in the area. Most of the above details may mean that there will be plenty of free car park spaces available until the seagrass disappears and the steps are fixed again. A seal was seen swimming at the jetty when I visited on Saturday morning (27th June). More photos from 2nd Valley can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com.au/stevereynolds600/SDFNewsSheetJuly2009 .
At the end of May, I returned to Rapid Bay jetty again for my 2nd dive there this year. It was great for diving, with flat calm conditions allowing snorkelling out to the T section on the old jetty. My buddy & I were then able to spend a long time out under the T section. Just one thing spoiled my dive. I couldn't fire off any shots with my camera for some reason. I was able to enjoy myself once that I had gotten over it. There were ever so many fish to see, and some large cuttles too. We even managed to rescue a brown-spotted wrasse hooked on some fishing line. We had to cut the line to let it go. It's good to see that some juvenile Blue Groper are still hanging around the jetty. Unfortunately, no photos to show for this dive. I did, however, manage to take this photo of the new jetty after the dive, when checking the operation of my camera.
A scuba diver & President for the Marine Life Society of SA. Involved with the Scuba Divers Federation of SA since the mid-1980s. The Federation's Secretary since 2000. A Reef Life Survey diver. A founder of Dragon Search. Australian scuba diving rep for Redmap.