January Newsletter

Here is January’s Newsletter  – Great Stories and Awesome Photos!!
Save the dates for Club Dives & Club Meeting

Read about the Xmas Dive & Party, Solomons Trip by Libby Sterling and another Prize Winner from last years photo comp, Eden Gray-Spence spent a week diving at Lissenung Island

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

February Club Dive Sunday 11th

For now, let’s lets look at the upcoming regular Club Dives for 2018, starting with January and February.

Both of these will be with Tusa T6 who are again offering club members special discounts from Cairns Marina.

Mark Sunday 14 January and Sunday 11th February in your diary and call Tusa’s Reservations office direct (not the shop on the Esplanade) to book either/both of these dives on   >>>  Phone:  07 4047 9100   <<<
Be sure to mention you are from the Nautilus club to obtain the current discount from them

Please also do NOT email, phone or SMS any of the other club members who work for Tusa T6 – they cannot help you as you need to call the Booking Office ONLY ! Your place is secured with full payment.

Arrive at Cairns Marina, A-Finger by 07:40 as the boat departs 08:00 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat and identify yourself as a club member as you board.
Tusa allows unguided dives for members and has Nitrox available on request (subject to availability) and check for any additional fee before you request it.

Tusa T6 are holding 10 places on both dates so get in quick (more available if boat not full). These seats will be released at noon the day prior if not booked.

Note:  Please email divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net if you book  so that we can keep track of who is going as this helps both Tusa and ourselves in the club. If you have any further questions or comments for the club then please email me and I will attend as soon as possible.

Enjoy bubble-blowers!

Lake Eacham BBQ 21st of January

Annual Lake Eacham BBQ

We will have people there from approximately 9.30am and we try to get a shelter up the top near the path down to the pontoon/jetty.

The BBQ will be around midday so if you are intending to go diving please plan your dive times around that.  Remember that diving is at your own risk and you will have to bring all gear including tanks and weights (Tanks can be hired from scuba shops around cairns – eg Deep sea divers den, Cairns Scuba Air).  There are rumours of an underwater treasure hunt… so make sure you get in early.

Please RSVP by the Monday 15th of January so we can sort out catering.  Please BYO drinks and chairs.

If you are new to the club please come along and meet some of your fellow dive enthusiasts.

See you all there!

 

December Newsletter

Here is the December Newsletter  – with great stories & awesome pictures!!
Save the dates for January dive, Lake Eacham BBQ & Club Meeting

Read about the Solomons Trip, Diving Coral Sea with Spirit of Freedom & UW Photo Comp Prize 1 week diving at TUFI Resort

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

 

Volivoli + Beqa Sharks [opt]-Fiji Trip May 2018

Volivoli (+ optional Beqa Shark Diving), Fiji – May 2018 (Max: 15 pax)  – NOW FULL (Standby only)

Fiji is commonly known as the soft coral capital of the world.  We will be diving Bligh Water, a marine protected area famous for its abundance and diversity of marine life. One of the main attractions are the plentiful populations of beautiful soft and  hard corals.

This is a DEMA special offer of a 7 nights/12 dives package (+unlimited shore dives)  flying with Virgin Australia and staying at the Volivoli Beach Resort (full board) Wed 2nd  to Wed 9th May 2018.   http://volivoli.com/

For those of us who are a bit more adventurous, there is an option of adding 4 nights’ stay at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Viti Levu http://uprisingbeachresort.com Wed 9th to Sun 13th May 2018 to experience the world famous shark encounter dives with AquaTrek (2 days x 2 dives).   This is a thrilling opportunity to see 7 different species of sharks in one dive  (white tips, black tips, grey reef, tawny nurse, lemon, silver tips, bull sharks), and if lucky, even a tiger shark!  http://www.aquatrek.com

Members have been sent information about the above packages –

For further info, contact Akiko, Overseas Dive Coordinator on overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

To book, contact Dirk at Diversion Dive Travel on dirk@diversiondivetravel.com.au

 

Call for GBR fish photos for our website fish guide

Dear members,

You may know that the Nautilus Club web site has a section on reef fishes which are common in the Cairns region.

It is located in http://www.nautilus-scuba.net/gallery/cairns-fish/

We are looking to expand this gallery with additional species and need your help.

I have a few requirements to be met to fit the current gallery technical parameters.

  1. For a fish to be added, 2-3 side view well cropped and clear photos of an individual fish specimen need to be provided. For examples of acceptable photos, please check a few photos from the existing gallery.
  2. Additionally, all photos must have the common and the scientific name included in the file name of the photos provided.

Here is an example of the naming convention for fish photos which I typically use.

” Pearl-scaled Angelfish (Centropyge vrolikii) [Angelfishes – Pomacanthidae]_40848.JPG”

Ideally, I would like to collect and include photos of all known phases of the fish (e.g., adult phase, juvenile phase, if known, and in case of parrotfishes/wrasses, female and male phases if they are known to differ). However, if you do not have photos of all such phases, 2-3 photos of adult specimens are certainly welcome.

If you do have the photos of the fish in the list below and would like to contribute to our fish gallery, please send your photos to alex_nnov21@yahoo.com. I will review all submissions received and if they satisfy the gallery requirements I will add them to the gallery site. If you would like to add a copyright info to your photos, please do so in the way which does not interfere with the main photo subject.

Here is the list of species for which we are looking for photos for the Gallery:

  1. Pearl-scaled Angelfish
  2. Centropyge vrolikii
  3. Vagabond Butterflyfish
  4. Chaetodon vagabundus
  5. Blackback Butterflyfish
  6. Chaetodon melannotus
  7. Lined Butterflyfish
  8. Chaetodon lineolatus
  9. Spotnape Butterflyfish
  10. Chaetodon oxycephalus
  11. Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish
  12. Chaetodon ulietensis
  13. Pennant Bannerfish
  14. Heniochus chrysostomus
  15. Humphead Bannerfish
  16. Heniochus varius
  17. Great Barrier Reef Blenny
  18. Ecsenius stictus
  19. Barrier Reef Anemonefish
  20. Amphiprion akindynos
  21. Pink Anemonefish
  22. Amphiprion perideraion
  23. Red-and-Black Anemonefish
  24. Amphiprion melanopus
  25. Spine-cheek Anemonefish
  26. Premnas biaculeatus
  27. Bicolor Goatfish
  28. Parupeneus barberinoides
  29. Yellowfin Goatfish
  30. Mulloidichthys vanicolensis
  31. Orange-dashed Goby
  32. Valenciennea puellaris
  33. Old Glory
  34. Amblygobius rainfordi
  35. Spotted Shrimp Goby
  36. Amblyeleotris guttata
  37. Honeycomb Leatherjacket
  38. Cantherhines pardalis
  39. Shark Mackerel
  40. Grammatorcynus bicarinatus
  41. Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
  42. Scomberomorus commerson
  43. Bleeker’s Parrotfish
  44. Chlorurus bleekeri
  45. Chameleon Parrotfish
  46. Scarus chameleon
  47. Egghead Parrotfish
  48. Scarus oviceps
  49. Globehead Parrotfish
  50. Scarus globiceps
  51. Greensnout Parrotfish
  52. Scarus spinus
  53. Minifin Parrotfish
  54. Scarus altipinnis
  55. Schlegel’s Parrotfish
  56. Scarus schlegeli
  57. Surf Parrotfish
  58. Scarus rivulatus
  59. Swarthy Parrotfish
  60. Scarus niger
  61. Yellowbarred Parrotfish
  62. Scarus dimidiatus
  63. Yellowfin Parrotfish
  64. Scarus flavipectoralis
  65. Bennett’s Toby
  66. Canthigaster bennetti
  67. Map Puffer
  68. Arothron mappa
  69. Star Puffer
  70. Arothron stellatus
  71. Stars and Stripes Puffer
  72. Arothron hispidus
  73. Coronation Trout
  74. Variola louti
  75. White-lined Rockcod
  76. Anyperodon leucogrammicus
  77. Black-spot Snapper
  78. Lutjanus fulviflamma
  79. Bluestripe Seaperch
  80. Lutjanus kasmira
  81. Five-lined Seaperch
  82. Lutjanus quinquelineatus
  83. Flagtail Triggerfish
  84. Sufflamen chrysopterus
  85. Pinktail Triggerfish
  86. Melichthys vidua
  87. Axilspot Hogfish
  88. Bodianus axillaris
  89. Barred Thicklip
  90. Hemigymnus fasciatus
  91. Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse
  92. Labroides bicolor
  93. Blackeye Thicklip
  94. Hemigymnus melapterus
  95. Tailspot Wrasse
  96. Halichoeres melanurus
  97. Checkerboard Wrasse
  98. Halichoeres hortulanus
  99. Threespot Wrasse
  100. Halichoeres trimaculatus
  101. Twotone Wrasse
  102. Halichoeres prosopeion
  103. Sixbar Wrasse
  104. Thalassoma hardwicke
  105. Tripletail Maori Wrasse
  106. Cheilinus trilobatus
  107. Flagtail Blanquillo
  108. Malacanthus brevirostris
  109. Blue Blanquillo
  110. Malacanthus latovittatus
  111. Blackside Hawkfish
  112. Paracirrhites forsteri

Many thanks!

Alex (The Nautilus Fish Geek)

 

Club Dives and how they work

Club Dives: How they work

This is a general explanation on how the Nautilus Club dives work, especially meant for new members.

We have a dive calendar to help you plan your dives with the club. See http://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/.

We will also advise (email) the members separately about upcoming dives up to a few weeks in advance. We ask the dive operator to reserve a number of spots for our members, often around 12 pax.  We get a sizable discount for our members.

To go on a club dive, you have to call the dive operator and book your spot. You pay the dive operator directly.  Be sure to bring your Nautilus membership card to the dive (and of course your Cert card).  As a rule, the club does not handle any money for the club dives.  Spots are kept available for the club up to a cut-off date, 5 to 7 days before the dive date (this will depend on the operator). From that date on, the operator will fill the spots with non-Nautilus members.  So if you call late, it is not guaranteed that you can go. It is also possible that the spots we have reserved for Nautilus are already full.

Club Dives
Currently,
club dives are on the second Sunday of the month. At the moment (2017) we go once a quarter (every 3 months) with Calypso out of Port Douglas and twice a quarter (the remaining 2 months) with Tusa 6 out of Cairns.  We also endeavour to dive the Yongala at least once a year. We also dive with Deep Sea Divers Den, Ocean Quest, Rum Runner, Reel Crazy, and other operators as opportunities arise.

As club members, we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices that are only ever disclosed on emails to current financial members. This is to preserve the integrity of the operator’s pricing and an added benefit of membership to the club.  Tell them that you are a club member when booking and show your membership card on the day of diving.

Overseas Dive Trips
We organise approximately 2-3 overseas dive trips per year.  Past destinations include: PNG [Walindi, Tufi, Lissenung Island, Liveaboard MV Chertan], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Vanuatu and others.  As a club, we often manage to get great group deals and these trips are hugely popular.

We are now also exploring special dives within Australia that offer great deals to members and extend your diving experience beyond the Great Barrier Reef and surrounds. 

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities.  Please contact the  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for Cairns based dives and the overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net for trips overseas.  

Some useful information

TUSA
Phone 07 4047 9120.
Up to three dives on Tusa 6.
Be at the A finger of the Cairns Marina at 7:30 (shgarp), for an 8:00 departure. Tusa allows unguided diving. If you want Nitrox, tell them when you book. 

CALYPSO
Free Call 1800 005 966 or 07 4099 6999
Cut off date 5 days before the dive (don’t despair when late, call anyway).
Out of Port Douglas, Agincourt and Opal Reef.
Boarding at the Port Douglas Marina (allow at least 75 minutes for the drive from Cairns) at 8:20am (sharp), departure 8:45am, return 4:15pm.

YONGALA
We dive as a rule with Yongala Dive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 07 4783 1519.
In general, we will dive on a Saturday and Sunday and stay 2 nights from Friday to Sunday.  Accommodation is basic (backpacker dorm style). Some members prefer to spend the night in luxury in Ayr.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  Website:  http://www.yongaladive.com.au/.

It is a good idea to carpool.  Interesting conversations and less expense on fuel!

Other Dive Opportunities
We are constantly looking for viable dive opportunities for the club.  Suggestions are always welcomed and are discussed at the monthly committee meetings.  If you have any ideas, please email:  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for consideration.  The club is for the members and the committee always values your input as it may lead to some exciting experiences for all.

New Resource : Fishes of Australia Website

This website  www.fishesofaustralia.com.au  is the the ultimate resource for information on the diversity and biology of Australia’s amazing marine and freshwater fishes. Fishesofaustralia website
Great to learn more about fish classification and identification with and interesting blogs about a variety of fish related subjects.

Fishes of Australia is an initiative of the OzFishNet consortium, made up of collection-based Australasian ichthyologists who work together to promote research, data access and other issues of mutual interest. The group comprises leading ichthyologists based in Australian and international museums, CSIRO and several domestic and international universities. In essence OzFishNet is the virtual national fish museum of Australia. The group formalises the traditional, good working relationship and cooperation among Australian fish systematists.

Participating partners:  Museum Victoria , OzFishNet, Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of Sustainability , Australian Museum, CSIRO, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, South Australian Museum, Western Australian Museum, Queensland Museum.

Coral Sea Fish Guide App

Bob Halstead”s Coral Sea Fish Guide App.      10001420_421807094632719_1083153398_n

Bob Halstead created this awesome App with more than 850 marine species featured and over 200 high quality colour photographs.
The app works for both the iPad and iPhone and it allows users to quickly browse different species whether you know what you are looking for, or need a name for the fish you have just seen.
You can also search for species under their ‘Common’, ‘Scientific’ or ‘Group’ name. Once loaded the app does not require an Internet connection so can be used on boats at sea.

Check the App out on FaceBook :  search for ‘Bob Halstead’s Coral Sea Fish Guide”   Click  https://www.facebook.com/coralseafishguide

or download it via the App Store and iTunes.