Finally the strong winds that had been blowing around the Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip had abated and a date to swim with the seals fixed.
The evening before the swim, on Shortland Bluff overlooking the Rip, a Kestrel was riding the last of the wind as it hunted for prey
Then he spotted me and was off
As night fell the ships passed through the heads. Mechant ships going about their business and cruise ships sparkling bright in the night.
The next morning was still and the converted fishing boat awaited us.
Most of Port Phillip is marine sanctuary these days and hence a haven for wildlife. Structures have been built to give shelter to the Australian Fur Seals that reside in the Bay.
The seals are happy to join the swimmers in the water.
Along with a largish Smooth Sting Ray.
Pope’s Eye is an artificial reef also in the Port Phillip Heads National Park. It is a significant breeding area for the Australian Gannet.
There are also forests of kelp and other sea weed and colourful and inquisitive fish.
The crew were great as was the little old fishing boat.
Nothing like lolling in the net and watching the world go by!