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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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Mollymook ocean swimmers

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group but simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who all enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. They endeavour to swim in pairs or groups, however each swims at their own risk, and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.     Link to Mollymook Ocean Swimmers                       

Mollymook, Change of Season, Easterly wind

 

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Mollymook surf this past week with the easterly and east nor east winds

 

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Ocean swimming was not inviting throughout the past week with the daily wind direction from either the east or east nor east making for a bumpy / choppy ocean with rips and currents prevalent.

The Ulladulla sea pool has been painted and Leisure centre staff advise it will be filled and available for use sometime during next week. A great back up for when conditions are not ideal at Mollymook.

Ray A. writes: “Hope all is well in the land of Molly, the rocky outcrop (pic below) remarkably overshadowing my powerful hulk is Monemvasia. This impregnable fortress town has been hotly contested over two thousand years,being presided over by Grecian, Venetian and Ottoman rulers. This citadel island was never breached but taken via the art of siege negotiation.  See you all soon“.

Red Algae Bloom at Mollymook Beach

 

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Red Algae Bloom at Mollymook Beach, Saturday afternoon

 

The following information was found on the web in relation to ‘Red Algae Bloom’.

According to Wikipedia the “red tide” is a common term used for a harmful algal bloom. It is not uncommon for it to occur nearly every summer. This bloom is caused by microscopic algae that produce toxins that kill fish and make shellfish dangerous to eat.

An article in the Washington Post back in July, reported: “a 26-foot whale shark found dead on Sanibel Island, on Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast, its body riddled with the neurotoxin produced by tiny algae in the sea.

Marine scientists don’t know for sure how it died, but they have a suspect the Karenia brevis algae — a single-celled organism that’s currently in a massive bloom cycle, called a red tide. 

The red tide has claimed many many victims this year on the Florida coast, which has become a rotting marine graveyard. At least a hundred manatees, a dozen dolphins, thousands of fish, 300 sea turtles, and more have died or washed along shores in putrid-smelling masses. They were all likely felled by the red tide.

The red tide is a normal, seasonal occurrence in southwest Florida. But this year’s red tide has persisted since last November — nearly a year now — making it the worst bloom since 2006.” 

A BBC report had the following to say: “Since November 2017, the red tide has taken a toll on the marine life around this extremely diverse paradise. At least 29 manatees are confirmed to have died due to the toxin by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Seventy-four more deaths are being investigated. The FWC has documented 588 stranded sea turtles and attributes 318 of them to the red tide. 

But the red tide can also affect people. According to the National Oceanic Service, sea waves can cause K. brevis cells to release toxins into the air, causing skin irritations and respiratory problems. For people with chronic conditions such as asthma, the red tide can make them very sick.”

The following information was provided by Monica Mudge: 

A link to the recent algae seen at Jervis Bay. (Info from SCC)

http://doc.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/displaydoc.aspx?record=D11/139167

I’m trying to find out if it’s linked to all the red jellyfish currently in the ocean (the lions main jellyfish), which I believe it is. I’ll let you know.

A link to the recent story from the Narooma news regarding the jellyfish. 

https://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/story/4279927/a-whole-smack-of-jellyfish-impacting-on-narooma-bermagui-photos/#slide=5

X Moni

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Editor: Ken Banks, Mollymook Beach Waterfront on behalf of the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

Bike Ride – ‘Back of Burrill’

 

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‘Back of Burrill’ – Bike Ride

 

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The day started with us wondering whether it would be too rainy to ride but after a few text messages and phone calls were exchanged, we gathered a group of 14 intrepid riders prepared to get wet.

Starting at Burrill Lions Park, we headed across the highway, turned into Wallaby Drive and then Wyoming Avenue to find the path to the heritage listed Aboriginal Cave. We stopped for a look at the cave, which was occupied for 20,000 years before European settlers arrived and from a time when the ocean shore was over 18 km further east than it is today. We then travelled along Burrill Lake Drive, with a notable and challenging detour suggested by Bobbie, finally exiting at Wheelbarrow Road. From here we headed across to the back of Lake Tabourie before returning to Burrill Lake, locking up 17 km overall. 

Beautiful scenery around Burrill Lake’s southern edge and Lake Tabourie.  Stand out performances by Issi who rode to the start from home, Simone for pure dare-devil Kamikaze riding and Kaitlin who managed the hardest part of the ride on a bike a bit too small until Mum (Cheryl) took pity and swapped for her bike on the way back. It was hard to keep up with Jacqui’s E Bike speed ascending the steeper hills but we gave it our best shot.

Riders included Bobbie & Lyn, Issi, Paul, John & Nikki, John & Jacqui, Cheryl & Caitlyn,  Robbie & Simone, John & Margy.

Commentary by John Louth and Pic credits, John and Simone

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Mollymook Swimmers – Worldwide News

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Mollymook Beach – France – Italy

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The weekend finally brought some nice waves for the boys and girls. Above pics, Ed climbs onto a nice wave at Mollymook beach. 

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Swimming this time of the year 21c Water

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Tim swimming in the river at Camon, Sth France, water temp 21c

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Whilst we are struggling back here in Mollymook with water temps around 15 & 16c, Tim sends in a pic of his swim today, water temp 21c.

John Sarich visits the ‘TIP’

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John Sarich (nee Smeeth) after a swim at the ‘TIP’

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John’s pic of the ‘Snub Fin Dolphin’

 

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John Sarich provides an update on his travels. Presently at Cape York, the northern most point of the Australian continent.  Here he is coming out of the water at the northern end of  Frangipani  Beach. (On the western side of the very top (TIP) of Australia). It was a dip n dash. Up here you have crocodiles, stingers  and sharks. There were a couple of big locals waist deep on croc watch for a heap of local kids to have a dip, so I reasoned I ought to be safe with them on watch. 

Later he spotted a pod of ‘Australian Snub Fin Dolphins’ rounding the top of Australia from west to east. (It was the first time John had sighted ‘Snub Fin Dolphins’ and got the above pic of one of them) 

Just to explain their difference from most dolphins we see along coastal NSW. The Australian snubfin dolphin is easily recognised from other dolphins by its blunt, rounded head and absence of a beak. The only species it could be confused with is the dugong, which lack a dorsal fin and have a more robust shape. The dorsal fin in snubfin dolphins is small compared to other dolphins, with a tip that is blunt and rounded. The colour is generally pale to dark brown with the underside lighter in colour. It has an obvious, flexible, neck, and the tail fins have a shallow concave trailing edge and the flippers are large and broad. They are generally found across northern Australia (Qld, NT, WA) where they inhabit rivers and coastal waters. 

Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Book – PROGRESS UPDATE

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Sunday’s Practice Photo Shoot for ‘Swimmers Book Cover’

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Portrait image in very low res for use on the web

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Landscape image in very low res for use on the web

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Just a brief update on progress. Above were some experimental images (not cropped nor the end result) to get the camera settings critiqued on the Sunday morning. Then on Monday morning we had more volunteers to help fill the image and appearing more relaxed. The above gives you some idea of what I would like to achieve for our Mollymook Swimmers (20 year history) book cover. Our swimmers entering the water early morning as is our routine.

My heartfelt sincere thanks for the expertise of Therese Spillane and her daughter Alex and partner Dane. Also my sincere thanks for the 6 swimmers on Sunday, Ben, Garry Hunt, Heather, Ross, Laura and Garry Jenner. They also came and backed up for Monday’s photo shoot along with additional support from Issi, Karelle, John White and Bob White.

Having a Whale of a time

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Mollymook Beach – Southern Right Whale and calf

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Southern Right Whale with its calf and the Mollymook Ocean swimmers.

 

It was a glorious morning at Mollymook. As the sun was rising so to was a black figure appearing up towards north Mollymook. Bit by bit it slowly began moving south only some 200 or so metres off shore. In a matter of time it became obvious this massive whale had its calf in tow. With its distinctive markings and squirting water in a V, we were able to make out that it was a southern right whale. It just so happened that it coincided with the early morning ocean swimmers time to enter the water.

The ocean fraternity are a sharing community.

Winter coming to an end in Mollymook

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A Dry – Wave less Winter drawing to an end.

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Ed’s pic of the smoke during last week’s bush fires

 

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Last Wednesday swimmers arrived at Mollymook beach for their early morning ocean swim with a massive back drop of smoke rapidly moving eastward propelled by strong westerly winds. Ed’s pic above captures the amount of smoke that we were to later hear being caused by fires burning out of control at Mount Kingiman west of Milton-Ulladulla. Below are pics taken earlier that morning.

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Issi swimming with the whales in Tonga

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Issi Swims with the Whales in Tonga

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Issi swims with the whales

 

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Issi returns from her trip to Tonga and can’t wait to share some of her pics and videos with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers of whales and the reef and atolls, she writes that “they are all quite stunning”.   

Issi continues to describe her trip: “My experience, being in the water off the Tongan Islands for about 40 min or so was quite unbelievable, to be about a metre at one point away from whales, under and on top of the water with these majestic huge wild mammals with fins and snorkel/mask, was unbelievable.   We were making eye contact with them.  At one stage the Tongan guide grabbed my fins and pulled me back, I was that close.   To see the juvenile whale and mum interacting at such close view.   I feel very very privileged and so lucky to have done this.   We all felt the same.   I’m still on a high. Also, from our rubber duckie we watched the most amazing breaching by a whale only about 10 mtrs away.”   

To watch Issi’s video’s of the whales click on the following links:           First Video.     Second Video.          

Chris and Sue’s Australian Odyssey

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Chris and Sue: Retirement – This is the Life

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It is dry out here

G’day to all at Mollymook! 

Well, after we returned to Far North Queensland we left the trusty motorhome in Cairns and headed up to “The Tip”, Cape York, in our eldest son’s 4WD and rooftop camper. Roughing it, with no shower and toilet, fridge, etc etc but SO much fun! The road was actually pretty good most of the way, having been graded for the school holidays. Nevertheless, we were glad we had not taken the motorhome as it may have turned into an IKEA flat pack given some of the corrugations and sudden dips in the road. 

From Cairns to The Tip is about 2000kms return, and has some of the most isolated and vast, dusty outback in Australia. We really enjoyed the red red dust and sense of vastness, yet pulling up to a station for the night and finding heaps of other intrepid travellers. And when I say station, I mean old telegraph stations or working cattle stations, not Central Railway! 

Most of the rivers and creeks are bone dry at this time of year, but there were a few croc free swimming holes which were wonderful. Water temp was 24 degrees, nice! 

A Beautiful Morning at Mollymook

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Glorious Mollymook

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Thursday  Sunrise, Mollymook Beach 

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Friday Celebrations

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Birthday Girl Heather and some of her many special friends 

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Another glorious week culminating in Heather’s birthday celebrations after spending a great evening last night at St Isidore’s Restaurant and a morning swim today in 16c water temp. with a big smile.                (Click on images to enlarge)

Molly swims at Shoal Bay

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Wonderful Swimming Conditions at Shoal Bay

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Shoal Bay Beach provides for 2 km + open water swimming in perfect conditions

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Water temp. 18 c and flat smooth swimming. They call Graeme Wolfenden ‘Molly’ among the Shoal Bay Whalfies who number about 47 however they don’t all swim every day, on this sunny day the 9.00 am start attracted 14 swimmers. Some have asked about the Broughton Island 18 km marathon swim that was scheduled for April 2018. The swimmers advised that the swim had been called off due to about 22,000 king fish escaping from the fish farm in  Port Stephens which attracted a shark feeding frenzy. 

Winter arrives as does a BIG SURF

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BIG SURF at Mollymook Kamikaze & Crystal reef breaks

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Winter arrived last Friday and so to did a huge surf. The big wave riders had a ball taming the Mollymook Kamikaze reef break & the Mollymook Crystals reef break. There was action and enjoyment for the many onlookers. The Mollymook Ocean swimmers wisely chose to just get wet rather than take on the big surf.

(Pics taken at a distance as I was unable to get any closer, such as locating myself on ‘Flat Rock’. But nonetheless you can get the feel for what these ‘Dare Devils’ were taking on.)

Cairns, Chris and Sue, Cooktown is calling

 

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An update from Chris and Sue, 

They write: “To all our wonderful swimming friends.

Well, after two months on the road we have arrived at my eldest son’s place in Cairns! And what an amazing time it has been. The freedom of life on the road is unbelievable…no time frames, no pressures, no real agenda or plans. So wonderful! After leaving Sydney we headed to Katoomba, then stayed inland travelling through Coonabarabran, the Warrumbungles, the Waterfall Way down to Coffs Harbour (to see Chris’ mum and sister), then on to Grafton, Glenn Innes and Toowoomba before ducking back out to the Sunshine Coast for my niece’s Wedding. Very little ocean swimming as you have guessed, so we have had to make do with local swimming pools ☹️ And, now that we are in Far North Queensland dips in the ocean are just not enticing, between stingers and the ever present threat of crocs. I will never complain about the odd bluebottle again!! Give me Narrawallee or Mollymook any day, the beaches here are rubbish! They look divine, with swaying palms and warm water but…Despite this, we have been having the most amazing swims and snorkels in fresh water rivers and waterholes, filled with turtles, fish and even massive eels! 

We spent a lovely few days in Rainbow Beach/Inskip Point, looking over to Fraser Island, and then enjoyed heading up the coast through towns such as Bundaberg, Agnes Water/1770, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Townsville and Ingham. Spent a whole week relaxing at Airlie Beach, living it up in a van park. We have been snorkelling and scuba diving on Great Keppel Island, Hayman Island and Magnetic Island, but sadly Cyclone Debbie has destroyed a lot of the Reef, so the colours are pretty dismal. We did see nine awesome giant clams though, and plenty of beautiful fish. 

Riding our bikes, doing some fun hikes, cooking on campfires and swimming in waterholes have been the highlights, along with the freedom the open road delivers. Yes, we do miss you all…and look forward to being home for a quick ten days in mid June. Having said that, I have adapted to this nomadic lifestyle very quickly and can highly recommend it 😎 Plus, the weather has been amazing…averaging 28 to 30 degrees, with nice cooler evenings. Perfect!!

Okay, must go. Cooktown is calling”. 

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