Yup, it's that time when all the thousands of spider crabs living at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay come up to the shallow waters to moult and shed their old shells for new ones.
It is quite an amazing sight and although we were a couple of days too late to see some of the amazing crab towers they form, it was literally wall to wall spider crabs as they all mooch around.
one of the best places to see them is off the pier at Blairgowrie
Reason for posting the photo of the pier is that there has been some recent tongue in cheek yachtie bashing but the yacht club at Blairgowrie who own the pier got sick of divers scrambling all over their pier for entry and exit as it is one of the best shore dives in the bay for squidgey stuff (seahorses and nudibrancs) . Rather than putting up notices banning divers they built a pontoon specially for divers, which no boats are allowed to moor on, and there are diver friendly entry and exit ladders. My theory is that they did this because they thought that if they tried to ban divers it would only encourage them
Air temp was 14c and water temp was 12c. Like a muppet I had construed to forget my hood. However, necessity being the mother of invention and all that, I can confirm that a Namron neoprene knee pad made makes an adequate if somewhat sartorially inelegant substitute....
I dindt take the photos of the crabs they were taken by my normal buddy Andy who had dived earlier in the day than I did.