Baxter's Reef from the Boat

February 24, 2024

For our second dive of the day from the boat, we went back to Baxter's Reef. On our way to the site, we saw a seal eating (playing with really) what appeared to be an oarfish. 

Seal Meal

Baxter's Reef from the boat was a different site. We didn't have to do a surface swim and we were on the other side of the rocks.

Baxter's Reef from the Boat

As we were diving along, I noticed a couple of eyes on top of some eye stalks poking out of the seaweed. This octopus was a bit interested in me.

Interested Octopus

He turned out to be so curious that he reached out, grabbed my camera, and touched my face!

Curious Octopus

This octopus wasn't alone either. In the immediate area, there was another octopus but this one was missing at least a couple of arms. I can't say I've ever seen an octopus with less than eight arms.

Less Than Eight Armed Octopus

There were some other cool things on the site too.

Crayfish Pot



Baxter's Reef Boat

Location: Kaikoura, South Island, Canterbury, New Zealand


Dive Number:   251
Bottom Time: 53m
Time In: 12:23 p.m.
Tank In: 214 PSI
Max Depth: 17.40 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 1:15 p.m.
Tank Out: 45 PSI
Average Depth: 12.00 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:   1h 19m
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 216h 37m