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  
Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 06 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Fri 06 Mar 2020 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, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Saturday 07 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 07 Mar 2020 at 09:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 9am 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, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Friday 13 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Fri 13 Mar 2020 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. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive..Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 14 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 at 09:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 9am, so make sure you are here early enough to collect your gear. Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions. Don't forget to join us most Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm -5:00 pm and a social get together. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Sunday 15 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 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. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive..Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Sunday 22 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sun 22 Mar 2020 at 09:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 9am 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, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 27 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am, so make sure you are here early enough to collect your gear. Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions. Don't forget to join us most Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm -5:00 pm and a social get together. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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