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#15 Turtle Bay


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LOCATION:
Agincourt Reef 2 (Outer) - Site 15
DEPTH:
Maximum Depth 22 metres
DIVE TYPE:
TBA
SKILL:
Novice - Intermediate
VISIBILITY:
10 - 30 metres, average 20m
LOOK FOR:
Large Loggerhead Turtle, Reef wall

Located on the sheltered northern corner of Agincourt Reef 2d Turtle Bay is so named due to the seasonal presence of large Logger Head turtles during late October, November and early December. Visibility is rarely less than good; this is a great deep dive option.

This is a transition zone where divers begin their dive in a sheltered coral garden on the edge of the lagoon before rounding the reef corner to drift along a steep wall environment maintaining a diverse community of Corals, Sea Whips, Sea Fans and Feather Stars.

Giant clams are abundant here as are the Steep Head Parrotfish, the most colourful of the family. Throughout the dive large schools of Yellow Tail Fusiliers are common. The deep drop off increases the chance of encounters with Grey reef Sharks.

During the spring (September, October and November) the reef wall is a spawning site for a wide range of reef fish species. Though some luck is required, at this time of the year, around the new moons, huge mixed species schools of Surgeon fish, Wrasse, Parrotfish and Damsel fish crowd the reef crest in a mass spawning orgy.

The lagoon and reef flat provide excellent snorkelling and diving for the non-diver or novice. In this area a large colony of the Orange finned Anemone fish can be found along with a great diversity of colourful coral fish.

Sandy patches host several species of Sea cucumbers including the Pineapple sea cucumber which at a maximum size of 60cm is the Great Barrier Reefs largest. Just of the reef edge a huge Rice Bubble coral (Pavona minuta) of 500-600 years of age can be seen, a sentinel to the ages.

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Site Maps #15

Turtle Bay

Site #15 - Marine Life

  • Red Bass
  • Giant Clams
  • Sea Cucumber
  • Anemones
  • White Tip Sharks
  • Deep Wall
  • Parrot Fish
  • Maori Wrasse

(We have listed the marine life most likely encountered at this site as a guide only)

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