Try to see Spider Crabs at Rye Pier

  • April 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Spider crab mating season is upon us (albeit a bit early) so we are going to see if we are going to be overwhelmed by the crawlies as they come up from the depths to mould (see http://article.wn.com/view/2012/06/04/Invasion_of_the_spider_crabs_caught_on_camera/).
If you need rental gear there is the Academy of Scuba dive shop right at the parking lot at Rye Pier (http://www.academyofscuba.com.au/scuba_gear_hire_melbourne.phtml), you may want to call in to reserve some gear.
Depending on the wind we may get together to get our gear and perhaps drive to Flinders if there are better conditions there. I'm going to bring a friend of mine who is a biologist so he may tell us some more details about the creatures as well.

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  • Richard N.

    Will you guys be interested to go there again this weekend or the following week?

    April 28, 2014

  • Laura

    Thanks frank for the pics ;) legend :)

    April 28, 2014

    • Laura

      Hey Bruce, yes I did thank you! We've actually changed our schedule slightly so that we can take that extra day to do the drift snorkel :) yes will let you know re Murion islands :)

      April 29, 2014

    • Bruce

      Cool! :-)

      April 29, 2014

  • Annard B.

    Thanks from me as well! No more diving for me until July I'm afraid... See you guys then!

    April 28, 2014

    • Laura

      Yes I'm off to ningaloo as you guys know on Tuesday :) talk
      Soon

      1 · April 28, 2014

  • Frank N.

    Would have been better if we could see the spider crabs but due to currents, we have to relocate to Blairgowrie.....a site which I am not particularly fond of.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Dez

    Hey guys, the academy of scuba said not to go today because of condition. We are heading back there tomorrow.

    April 26, 2014

    • Annard B.

      We ended up going to Blairgowrie. Saw one spider crab so not a total loss.

      April 26, 2014

    • Laura

      Hi dez if they ever say that don't be put off because there is nearly always somewhere ace to dive! Hope to catch up next time :)

      April 28, 2014

  • Bruce

    Have grabbed a big table at the back of the (Rye) pub.

    April 26, 2014

  • Bruce

    I'm here now. Just going to grab a quick coffee. What do we think, conditions-wise?

    April 26, 2014

    • Frank N.

      I am at Academy of Scuba and the dive shop said it is a washing machine out at rye pier and he thinks we should reassess

      April 26, 2014

    • Frank N.

      Let's meet at academy of scuba

      April 26, 2014

  • Annard B.

    I'm going, there is always some cool stuff to see at Rye. It's up to you to decide to risk not seeing crabbies...

    April 25, 2014

    • Tim B.

      Just avoid the boring bits off to the side of the pier where they hang around, hope to see some crabs at least!

      April 25, 2014

    • Laura

      Morning guys rye looking really average. Bruce am at academy of scuba - have you got your tank? Apparently the guys were suggesting Blairgowrie (not my fav dive at all) but they saw seals there yesterday. Flinders may be an option. Let me know what you think. Am just in the store. Annard and friend not far away and are going to meet at the store here.

      April 26, 2014

  • Annard B.

    Does anybody have an idea where to get gear on the way? My buddy Jess wasn't able to get gear. We're still going though!

    April 25, 2014

    • Frank N.

      Get it at Academy of Scuba at Rye. Call them at 8:30am to reserve gear in advance.

      April 26, 2014

    • Annard B.

      She has been trying that one all week. :-)

      April 26, 2014

  • Bruce

    I still to confirm tank rental - I guess Acad of Scuba are closed today but I'll keep trying, in case they open for a bit this afternoon.

    I'll still come down, though, as it's just a tank I need (and only for a couple of hours), so hopefully they'll have one available.

    I'll need to buddy up with someone, once we all meet (and I know I've got a tank!).

    See you tomorrow!

    April 25, 2014

    • Bruce

      Tank sorted now, so all good. :-)

      April 25, 2014

    • Annard B.

      Good good!

      April 25, 2014

  • Annard B.

    Update from my buddy Colin: he went there last Tuesday but didn't see any. He's going to try again tomorrow. Last week he did see a few dozen. Wonder of someone tipped the crabbies off that we're coming?

    April 24, 2014

  • Laura

    Hey annard, are we still on for tomorrow then?

    April 25, 2014

  • Annard B.

    Drat, I had a hard time getting a rental car but Flexicar to the rescue!
    Regarding the wind, given that we're so close to shore shouldn't be too much of a problem?

    April 24, 2014

    • Tim B.

      Not at rye it shouldn't be, just posted wind direction

      April 24, 2014

  • Tim B.

    April 24, 2014

  • Simon M.

    Have to miss this one

    April 22, 2014

  • Laura

    Sounds ace! Im there :)

    1 · April 20, 2014

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