Picture stolen from https://www.keiranlusk.com.au
Once again I've waited a little bit too long to get photos before I do a blog post.. But I've finally got my hands on Alex's GoPro photos from when we took a tour to Tangalooma island and snorkeled amongst the wrecks and I can't wait to share them with you!
The tour was a birthday pressie that I got from Alex and included a full day boat tour to the sandy islands that make out the outline of Moreton Bay (the "sea" outside of Brisbane's coast). The tour also included lunch, guides, coffee and snacks, boom netting, beachtime and best of all: the opportunity to snorkel amongs the Tangalooma wrecks! Though before we could get into the water we needed to put on some protective wetsuits and gloves, which we pulled of with sass.😉👆
Before we got to have a look at the wrecks we got the opportunity to go "boom netting". Boom netting is basically being dragged behind a boat at full speed while hanging on to a giant net and it is exactly as bad of an idea as it seems to be: you desperatly try to get the salt water out of your mouth and eyes as the ropes dig in to your feet and hands. On top off it all you have to do this lying awkwardly between the legs of strangers or on top of their lower parts.
At least now we know not to do that again!
The wetsuit I got felt more like a chainmail than a wetsuit and filled up with air so much that I couldn't dive under water. Maybe my wetsuit was a floating device designed for war? Luckily Alex's wetsuit was a little more flexible so he managed to get some good photos while in the water.👇
The Tangalooma wrecks consist of fifteen wrecks that are sunk in a long line just about a hundred meters away from the beach at Tangalooma island. Not to worry though, this isn't the Bermuda triangle: the wrecks were towed there and sunk intentionally to create a habitat for the marine life in Moreton bay as natural coral reefs are getting more destroyed and bleached for each year. The first wreck was placed as early as 1963 so you can imagine how dilapidated and rusty the wrecks are at this date.
Even though the wrecks have been there for a long time now I was still surprised to see how fast and to what big extent the marine life had developed around them. There wasn't one piece of metal that wasn't covered in some sort of coral or shells, and the variety of fish and other marine creatures was wider than I've ever seen anywhere! Yep, Great Barrier reef and Phillipines included. 😮
We saw Gill from Finding Nemo (Moorish idol fish)! 🐠
We spotted this incredibly beautiful Moray eel!😍
We even spotted Nemo himself (clownfish!) 😍
Even though the water was a little bit chilly I could've stayed the whole day just to observe, explore and take photos of this extraordinary wildlife. Nontheless, it was time to get back to the boat and the staff wasn't keen on waiting. As a last experience before we got out of the water they gave us some bread to feed the fish, and they were hungry! 🍞
On the way back to the boat we managed to spot a pufferfish and a bunch of sea stars as well, although unforutnately we didn't get an opportunity to snap a photo of them. 🐡🌟
As we got back on board the boat we couldn't wait to get out of the wetsuits and get some food in our systems. The lunch consisted of chicken/ham sandwiches with prawns and even though it wasn't the most exclusive feed I've ever had it was just as good as food always is after a long swim. 🍔❤
My face on the last picture: "Seriously, drinking your beer while I'm trying to take a photo?" haha
We spent the rest of the day exploring the beach at Tangalooma island where there wasn't much else than a few four-wheel drive campers and a beautiful view and then cruising along the coastline in shallow waters. From the boat we managed to spot "flying fish", giant green sea turtles and after a long time of looking: a dugong! I had never seen a dugong before and got incredibly excited as the big fellow broke the surface to take a breath. We got to see him feed and breathe for about 10-15 minutes before the boat turned back and it was time to go home.
I was originally supposed to go out for dinner with some friends the same night but as it got delayed and I had work the next morning I went straight to bed instead. It didn't take long to fall asleep after such a long, incredible and eventful day 🌴💤