I Swam With the Groper!!!

Yesterday I went snorkeling at Clovelly. Sydneysiders know Clovelly as the home of the beautiful blue groper: an enormous vibrant blue fish. Because of the beautiful protected marine life, Clovelly is an excellent snorkeling location and yesterday I was lucky enough to swim with the groper! We took an underwater camera and documented our day. I just HAD to share a couple of pics with you! 

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The beautiful blue groper who lives at Clovelly.

 

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Meeting the groper at the bottom of the sea!

You get some idea there of how big he is! It was such an amazing sight!

Researching Bluey, I discovered that “[a]ll gropers are born female, with a grey-brown colouring, and some turn into bright blue males as they age.” He just gets more incredible all the time! We saw a lot of smaller grey-brown gropers, so it looks like there will be plenty in years to come. I know I’ll be going back regularly to check.

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8 Responses to “I Swam With the Groper!!!”

  1. Kim from Hiraeth Says:

    What an amazing experience that must have been! Great pictures, too!

  2. missmellifluous Says:

    Glad you enjoy them, Kim! He’s a very pretty fish. He meets your gaze too which is quite funny. He doesn’t really swim away. Just looks at you looking at him. He did chase and bite a guy who patted him though. An appropriate response, I think!

  3. Radagast Says:

    What fun!

  4. Ellen Says:

    Wow! How fabulous is that. It really is big. Love the color. It must have been a great experience to come upon him…

  5. missmellifluous Says:

    Sure was! We were very excited. There was a lot of very expressive underwater exclamations – which is very hard to do with a snorkel in your mouth – and much enlivened gesturing. ‘Twas great!

  6. Islandsparrow Says:

    I’m officially jealous.

    Unless there were sharks around.

  7. missmellifluous Says:

    No sharks here. It was all very safe. Though I did go snorkelling around the headland at Gordon Bay a few days later and saw a whole minefield of sting rays!!! That was a bit scary. They didn’t bother us though and we did keep our distance. There have been quite a lot of sharks around Sydney lately. Luckily I haven’t seen any. 🙂

  8. tikaeea Says:

    clovelly is totally awesome 🙂 🙂

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