Scuba Dive with Seals

Scuba Dive with Seals
Scuba Dive with Seals
Price: $120.00
Price: $120.00

Scuba diving with seals is one of the most thrilling underwater experiences imaginable. Seals are one of the most fascinating creatures you can ever dive with. All they want to do is play with you, and if you don't want to play with them then they will find someone or something else to play with.

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Scuba Dive with Seals

The seals are located a 10 minute boat ride from the Woolongong harbour. The day includes:

  • Double boat dive
  • Divemaster services
  • Divemaster dives with a Shark Shield to minimise any risks
  • Small groups to maximise interaction with the seals
  • Light lunch between dives

It is recommended that if you have not dived in the past 12 months that you do a refresher course before undertaking this dive.

The Australia fur seal is an amazing swimmer and diver, diving in excess of 150 m in search of its food. Its diet consists of squid, octopus, rock lobsters and fish. The seals eat their prey whole and later regurgitate the bones.

Being the largest of the fur seals they can eventually reach a weight of 360 kg for the males and 110 kg for the females, with the pups being 5 - 12 kg (for males) and 4 - 10 kg (for females) at birth. They can grow up to a length of 225 cm for the males and the females reaching 170 cm. At birth the pups are black but after they first month they turn a greyish fawn colour with a pale throat before changing to either the male colour, of dark greyish brown with a paler ventral and coarse mane, or the female colour, of a pale fawn to greyish brown with a pale throat and a brown ventral.

Mating occurs over a period of 6 weeks from November to December, with the bulls seeking out territory in October for the largest and most aggressive bulls. The gestation is for 51 weeks which includes a delay of implantation of 3 months. The female gives birth to one pup and she remains on shore for 6 days before returning to the water to mate again and search of food. These pups suckle for 11 months.

The life span for males is 19 years with females living up to 21 years, although there is a pup mortality rate of 15% in the first two months. A small number of seals are killed by sharks (particularly white pointers) and killer whales are also known to eat seals but these are rarely seen near the Australian fur seal colonies. Their main threats to the population are entanglement with lines and nets and also swallowing plastic bags as the seals think they are squid which is popular to their diet. Toxic pollution and oil spills also have a devastating effect on the colonies. The population is estimated at around 25,000 seals.

They are highly fond of company and extremely inquisitive. I realised this when diving at Montague Island, as soon as the boat approaches the island the seals all make a mad rush to the water, they just love playing and coming to investigate those strange new marine creatures with large tanks on their back.

The Australian fur seal is commonly seen in south eastern Australian waters, from Seal Rocks in New South Wales down to Tasmania. They differ from the New Zealand fur seal (which is also found in Australian waters) in that its breeding habitat is on exposed rocky shores (the New Zealand fur seal prefers sheltered boulder beaches), although both the Australian fur seal and the New Zealand fur seal can be found in colonies at Montague Island.

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"An Absolute Must!"

Alyssa MacGregor on 31/8/2011 10:26:17 AM

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Comments: This truly is an extremely special experience. We had 2 amazing dives with seals. It is hard to explain how incredible it is to "swim" with the Seals. We had such a blast! You have to do this at least once, not everyone has the opportunity to do this - We are so lucky to literally have this oppotunity at out doorstep. Blake from Abyss was really great! Thwe whole experience was just SENSATIONAL!!!! Thank you, we will be back!

"Absolutely Mind Blowing"

Shannon Lyons on 7/7/2011 12:22:29 PM

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Comments: What an awesome experience. We did 2 boat dives from the north heads of Jervis bay with the seals, each dive we found roughly 20-25 seals. The more we interacted and played with them the more they wanted to play with us. I have already re-booked to do the seal dive again and thoroughly looking forward to doing it many more times.

"The Aqua Dog!"

Chris Vibert on 21/7/2010 12:57:31 PM

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Comments: Fantastic trip, must have been 20-30 seals swimming around us, the vis was perfect, a deep and beautiful blue!! Thanks to Troy and Caz for DM'ing a fantastic trip, loved ya pancakes!! cant wait to do it again!

"Puppies Under the Sea!!"

Sean and Ang on 30/8/2009 6:35:42 PM

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Comments: What an awesome trip!! The seals were amazing. They are so playful. Exactly like Jamie said, they are like puppies in the water who want ur attention and want u to play with them. At one stage when we turned around there were over 20 seals there!! Definately worth the trip. And Brett's pancakes were pretty good!!

"Seal Trip 5/7/2009"

Troy & Danielle Brooks on 8/7/2009 8:06:14 PM

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Comments: Fantastic!!! We both had so much fun,the seals were interactive,at one stage i counted about 20 seals zipping past, great viz,great company,thanks abyss...Emmas pancakes were awesome.

"As good as any Natgeo adventure"

Paul Bates on 21/9/2008 7:49:02 PM

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Comments: To actually be amongst the seals rather than watching Natgeo or Blue Planet was sensational. Several times they just stopped right in front of me. They are so inquisitve and agile and would stay closer when we waved our arms slowly and twisted around. This is a great diving experience and really worth the trip to Jervis Bay. Cannot recommend it enough, visibilty was great and I was quite surprised that it was not as cold as I thought it might be. The marino suits are really warm.

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