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#246530 - 24/03/2002 14:52 Victor Hbr. Seals active today
liz Offline
Wind Speed Queen

Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1920
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
What a change in the wind speed down here today. When I took the dog for a swim at 0700 the sea was calm now the wind speed is fluctuating from the NW causing the water to become choppy. It was calm also when we put the boat in at the Bluff boat ramp and the water visability was excellant until we travelled into deeper waters up around past the Bluff. There were several guys diving by Wright Island. The Seals on West Island (12 today)gave us a terrific display by jumping out of the water, swimming under the boat, floating on their backs and moving their flippers, not at all worried by our close proximity.
Gazing over to Kings Beach we noticed a few people surfing. As the sea was so calm we cruised up past the Flat Iron, and turned around eventually by Waitpinga Beach. From Waits, because of the flat sea we could see Kangaroo Island clearly. Sadly there were no Dolphins seen, strangely, they always follow us until the back of the Bluff, then they stop and turn around.

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#246531 - 24/03/2002 19:08 Re: Victor Hbr. Seals active today
thermalben Offline
Weather Freak

Registered: 17/04/2001
Posts: 769
Loc: Tweed Coast
Hi Liz

Perhaps the West Island seals were happy to have company that didn't resemble the big-men-in-grey-suits wink . They have appeared at Kings Head on numerous occasions whilst surfing; we are always on out toes there for sharks and they can really get the heart racing until you realize what it is smile Kings is notorious for sharks.

Where is the Flat Iron? Is that part of the enormous vertical cliffs up near Newland Head? I have some climbing friends who have done some routes there. It looks quite incredible - I have only hiked the upper cliff area in between Newland Head and Kings - they can keep the rock climbing to themselves smile

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#246532 - 24/03/2002 20:04 Re: Victor Hbr. Seals active today
liz Offline
Wind Speed Queen

Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1920
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hi br, the Flat Iron is a majestic piece of rock, (like all of that part of the coastline) 2K up on the Waits side of Kings Beach. This area was a great Vertical Rescue Training spot for SES members.
We didnt see any sharks today, the echo sounder did show big somethings under the boat, and lots of other fish, I now am wondering if that is why the dolphins didnt join us. If you are down Kings Beach way, check out the artwork burnt in the grass as part of Encounter 2002. Probably better viewed from the Bluff. Happy surfing, Liz

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#246533 - 24/03/2002 22:01 Re: Victor Hbr. Seals active today
Thunderstruck Offline
Lightning man

Registered: 10/05/2001
Posts: 15023
Loc: Seaford Meadows, SA
Hi Liz, how was waits lookin for shorebrerak today? U mentioned that it was reasonably flat out there today... BTW, where exactly are the pages Islands? Offshore from Waits?

Lennie cool

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#246534 - 25/03/2002 11:46 Re: Victor Hbr. Seals active today
liz Offline
Wind Speed Queen

Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1920
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hi Lennie, probably Waits would have been working the same as Kings, which looked good. (We could see people on the Beach, and its hard to assess Surf from way out). The Pages are on further.

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