TUFI Dive Resort PNG October 2018 Book Now!

Papua New Guinea’s oceans are part of the Coral Triangle and have some of the largest marine diversity in the world.  We have organised 2 Club trips to this amazing part of the world for 2018

 

Tufi, PNG – October 2018 (Max: 12 pax)

Tufi offers a variety of dives: from diving in the fjords to unchartered outer reefs with some hammerhead sharks, WW2 wrecks and muck diving at the Tufi Wharf with lots of interesting macro life.  

 

 

Dates of travel will be:                                                    Fri 19th to Sat 27th OCTOBER 2018:  

7 nights (+ 1 night in POM), 15 boat dives + 6 wharf dives, flying with Air Niugini and PNG Air.

For more info on Tufi Resort and diving in Tufi, please visit their website: http://www.tufidive.com/

 

This is an independently organised trip by the Club. We’ve provisionally reserved 12 spaces

 

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

 

 Tufi Resort Compendium

 

27 June – Nautilus Underwater Photo competition NIGHT – Exhibition 2018

Put in your diary: 27th of June @ 7pm – Nautilus SCUBA Club Underwater Photo Competition at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB

The June Club meeting has for the last few years been reserved for the results of our Annual Underwater Photo Competition. This is always a special evening as all the entries to the competition will be displayed and the winners of the competition will be announced.

Our Friends have again been very generous and have donated awesome prizes for the winners of the competition. There will even be a Lucky Door Prize for members this year!

This event showcases the hard work of all the Nautilus underwater photographers, (and the standard of images submitted gets better every year) to quote the judges.

WHEN: Wednesday 27th of June 20178@ 7pm

WHERE:The exhibition will be held  at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB. 18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda QLD 4870, Australia

TIME: It will start at 7pm and scrumptious little nibbles and tapas will be served until the announcements of the winners of the competition at around 8.15ish. So make sure that you are in time to have a look at all the photos and have a bit of a bite.

Everybody is welcome. Do bring your family and friends. The photos will be again of astonishing quality and diversity.

See you all there,

Warm regards,

Jannemieke

July Club Dive – AquaQuest (Pt Douglas)

Hello all members.

We are privileged to have again organised this month’s club dive with: Deep Sea Divers Den (DSDD) aboard their newer vessel, AquaQuest out of Port Douglas.
12 places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
DSDD allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Details:
Date: Sun 8th July
Check In: 08:00 at desk in Marina Terminal Building
Departs: 08:30 sharp !

Costs:
[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call] plus $6.50 Reef Levy. This includes weights and tanks.

Additionals:
Full hire gear available at additional cost.
A 1 or 2 dive option is available at a lower rate.
Nitrox is also available
Ask about these options when you call to book if required.

Booking:
Book direct with DSDD, Ph. 07 4046 7333. You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates. Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day.
Your place is secured with full payment.

On the day:
Arrive at 08:00 to check in at the marina (desk near spiral stairs in the marina mall building) as the boat departs 08:30 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

 

Note:  Please reply to this email if you book so that I can keep track of who is going as this helps both DSDD and ourselves in the club.
All details within this email are Commercial-In-Confidence and must NOT be shared with any non-financial member, on ANY social media outlet, and do not forwarded this email to any other person. To do so will put future opportunities for discounted club events at risk.

Any other questions please call either Deep Sea Divers Den on Ph. 07 4046 7333, or
send an email to DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.

Enjoy bubble-blowers,

Darren Ramsey,
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.
email: divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

 

Yongala August 2018 (Updated)

This year’s Yongala trip is now open!

Hello members, a reminder about our up-coming Yongala Dive weekend.
An initial email has been sent with follow up reminders periodically.

We have secured 12 seats so that means the whole boat for club members only. Always a very popular trip, get in quickly to secure your place as several seats are already sold !!

Details:
Dates: Sat 4th and Sun 5th August
Departs 07:00 from Dive Shop, Alva Beach, Ayr

Cost: [Special members only rates, NOT for publication Please refer to your member email or call] plus $22 tax & levies and includes tanks and weights.

Additionals:
Full gear rental (if needed) = $30 per day
Nitrox = $30 for 2 tanks

Accommodation:
Onsite accommodation is no longer being used by the club so you need to make your own arrangements. Check your favourite booking site for price and availability.

Booking:
Book direct with Yongala Dive, Ph. 07 4783 1519.  You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates.  Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day at the Dive Shop. Remember also your Cert Card, both are critical !!

Any other questions please call either Yongala Dive on Ph. 07 4783 1519, or
Send email to  DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net  (allow 48 hours reply time).

See you there 🙂

 

 

Minke Whale Trip July 2018 – ALMOST FULL !!

The much awaited Minke Whale dive trip is now open for bookings!

This trip has become an annual event and is very popular, so get in quick!!

This years Minke Whale trip will run in a similar fashion to last year.
 

The trip is again organised with our valued sponsor Deep Sea Divers Den and will be on their liveaboard, OceanQuest. All information about the trip can be found on the DSDD website, here:
https://www.diversden.com.au/minke-whale-expeditions.html 
(DO NOT BOOK via this web page – booking details below)
 
This is an ideal trip to take the all family members
 
When?
Friday 6th July to Tuesday morning 11th July 2018.
  • Departs Friday 6th July @ 7:30 am,
  • Arrive back Tuesday 11th July @ 8.30am.
  • 4 days & 4 nights
  • Up to 16 dives / Minke Whale hang outs
We again have been offered a really good deal with heavily discounted prices! Members have been emailed the prices. If you have not received the email [i.e. because you just joined the club] or have any questions, please email  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net
 

Final payment (direct to Deep Sea Divers Den) is now due on booking.

At the time of this update there is ONLY ONE DOUBLE ROOM remaining, so call NOW to secure that if you are interested !!

 
As usual, you make your reservation directly with the operator Deep Sea Divers Den, 
Tel (07) 4046 7333.  You must be a current financial member of the club and advise of your Membership Number when booking AND show your Membership Card when boarding.

Sticky: 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION

The 2018 Nautilus Scuba Club Underwater Photo Competition is fast approaching.
 
All Club Members are invited to enter, so start sorting or taking pictures & save the date!
 
Images taken by compact cameras will be judged separately from DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, but the categories are the same for both Macro, Portrait, and Wide Angle, there will also be an open category called ‘Behavior’. 
 
The entries will be collected in by midnight on the 31st of May and sent away for Judging. Results and exhibition of prints will be on Wednesday 27th June at Cairns Colonial Club. More info to be advised
 
Competition rules and entry form are attached below:
 
 

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 https://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)

 

Colours of the Reef – comprehensive reference books

World renowned undersea photographer Roger Steene has published a new 3-volume, 1404-page book set containing 6921 of his finest photographs, taken during a career spanning 50 years and thousands of dives in some of the most remote ocean environments on earth. Colours of the Reef – weighing in at 12 kilograms – is an indispensible educational reference for divers, ocean scientists and naturalists, and a visual feast for readers of all ages.

Colours of the Reef contains nearly 7000 outstanding photographs of marine life and ocean environments, and excels on several levels: as a demonstration of consummate, perfectionist photographic skills, as an essential educational reference on marine life, as an intriguing look at the behaviours and interactions of some the planet’s most mesmerising creatures, and as a joyous celebration of the ocean’s beauty. It is both painstakingly comprehensive and visually enthralling. If you buy just one coffee table book set in your lifetime, let it be this one – it has no equal. A portion of each sale is used to fund the Roger Steene Legacy initiative, an ongoing project aimed at completing the digital scanning and indexing of Roger’s vast slide collection (over 100,000 photos) – a priceless natural heritage resource of global significance acquired over five decades and thousands of dives.

For more information or orders   http://www.rogersteene.com
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Nautilus Calendar 2017 NEW!

The Nautilus Scuba Club Calendar 2017 is out!

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You can buy the calendar at the club meeting and/or place your order  for pick up later.
Please contact Lyn at merchandise@nautilus-scuba.net for information or orders.
 
The Nautilus Calendar 2017 has been created by Phil Woodhead.

The calendar showcases the photo’s that have been competing in the annual Nautilus Underwater Photo Competition and it looks again fantastic. Click on the image and see for yourself.

 
 
 
 

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.