Blue Groper

DISTRIBUTION 

The Blue Groper is not a real "groper" but is a member the wrasse family. The Blue Groper is usually found on exposed reefs to  about 40m deep. They range from Wilsons Promontory in Victoria up the east coast to around Hervey Bay in Queensland. At most dive sites in Sydney, the banging of two rocks together will usually attract a Blue Groper (he thinks you are getting him something to eat!).

APPEARANCE

The Blue Groper male is the big blue fish that we all know and regularly see. The males also have orange lines radiating from their eyes. Look closely next time you see a Blue Groper while diving and see if you can notice the lines. The females are smaller and range from a brown colour to a reddish brown; they may also have a series of pale blotches along the side of their body. Juveniles start out as a green colour and then change to the brown of the female. The fish also has very large lips. It grows maximum size of about 1m.

FOOD

Blue Groper love sea urchins, as most people would know. Please do not kill sea urchins to feed to the Blue Groper, no matter how tempting it may be. The sea urchins have their place in the reef ecosystem too. They also eat small crustaceans.

Sexual Activities

SEX CHANGE: The most interesting fact about the Blue Groper is that they start life as females and change into males later in life. So a particular blue groper could breed as a female one year and then the next year turn into a male! Little is known about the factors that trigger this sex change, however it is believed that they appear to change sex when they reach a certain size and age, or if the local male is removed from the reef the next-biggest female will change to a male. It is also believed that if there is an increase in the female population a female may turn into a male if the threshold between the number of males and females is exceeded.

REPRODUCTION: The Eastern Blue Groper spawns over three months, starting around July and finishing up around October. 

  Dive Start Date  
Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 18 Oct 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 18 Oct 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Saturday 19 Oct 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 at 09:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 19 Oct 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 19 Oct 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Sunday 20 Oct 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019 at 10:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps. Then come back to Abyss for FREE pizza and beer. we have Peter from Down Under Aquatic Images to talk to us about how to get the best out of your go pro

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Saturday 26 Oct 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 01 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 01 Nov 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Saturday 02 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 02 Nov 2019 at 10:00

This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Sunday 03 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 03 Nov 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by. The usual pizza and beer will be provided. Karina will be joining us to give a talk "Hump Day - The Reason to be Unnattractive - The Life of Turtles"

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 08 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 08 Nov 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 10 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Sun 10 Nov 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am with the location of the site at Jibbon Street Cronulla Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life. Hang around after the dive at the Abyss for FREE pizza and beer. We are lucky enough to have John Turnbull coming into talk about his new book Underwater Sydney . He will be selling signed copies and talking about why it was written some key themes and share his knowledge on sydney marine life. Get your signed copy on the day

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