Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 5 Jul 2016 22:47
Lizard Island Clam Field Snorkel
Just to the right of the anchorage is a huge reef that we had been told held a huge amount of clams and giant clams, planted by a research project many, many years ago. We simply could not leave Australia without being able to say we had snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef, so off we went. We tied Baby Beez to the thick tether left by the National Parks people and began at the ‘dead edge’. Soon chunks of the usual suspects came into view.
Lovely, healthy coral, sadly no Nemo homes.
Worms to keep me happy.
The best entertainment was watching this chap take a shower. Busy cleaner fish bringing a smile to his face.
His pleasure was brought to an end as a bully shoved him out of the cubicle.
The biggest, fattest cucumber we have ever seen.
Fish of all shapes and sizes.
The clams kept most of out attention.
The second they sensed us near they closed up, how close they live to their neighbours.
The clams were mostly in the blue range and averaged six or seven inches across.
The great-great-grandpa of them all. Such a pity I didn’t have ‘my trusty beautiful assistant’ nearby at the time, to put his hand near this old chap for perspective - you’ll just have to take my word that he was just shy of a metre across and been here for well over a century.
I loved being photo-bombed.
Our last little lady packed up for a sleep, time for us to nip home for a shower and meet everyone on the beach for sundowners.
ALL IN ALL A GREAT SNORKEL
SPECIAL FOR THE GIANT CLAMS