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Thanks to some top tips we decided to check whether we could go diving out of Narooma on the New South Wales coast to Montague Island on our journey south from Sydney to Melbourne.  There's not too much in the town itself but the island is a haven for marine life including colonies of Australian and New Zealand fur seals and little blue penguins.  We ended up being the only divers on a boat taking hikers to the island, which was perfect as no one else could distract the seals from giving us their full attention!  There were at least 50 Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) in the water with us at all times, which was pretty amazing given that this species is the World's fourth rarest seal!  They were really playful and would zoom around to within inches of us and one pup even became obsessed with my strobes trying to bite them when it could!  After being told to back off by its mum the excitement became all too much for the baby and it vomited into the water next to me!

As well as the fur seals we also saw a dozen or so Port Jackson sharks (Heterodontus portusjacksoni).  I had never seen them before and it was a species I had hoped to see on our road trip.  They are a horned shark and have horny processes in front of the dorsal fins.  For some reason these too were quite interested in me and several swam within inches of my camera, allowing some cool shots of their odd teeth and nostrils.

We did the trip to Montague Island from Narooma (New South Wales) with Narooma Charters.  The guys were really friendly and told us a lot about the islands natural history.  I would definitely recommend using them if you plan to dive the island but be sure to call ahead first, as they don't always have diving planned into their schedule.

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