Saturday 24 January 2015

Peel Island Mangroves

After a few days of rain, I was keen to get out of the house and on the water.  With a neap high tide just after lunch, we took off at 12:30 pm to paddle around Peel Island and explore the mangroves on the northern side of the island.

The wind was light with around 15 knots of SSE wind, dropping off later in the afternoon.  The wind kept conditions relatively cool, or at least the humidity down.  The mangroves were teaming with fish and the usual predators shooting through the shadows, including one large shovel nose shark which we disturbed finding our way through the mangroves to short-cut out way out to the eastern side of the island.

We stopped off at Platypus Bay which was supposedly booked out on the Australia Day long weekend but not a tent in site - obviously the rain keeping people indoors!

The following are some photos of the quarantine station ruins on the South-Eastern corner of Peel Island.

The tide was still up so I couldn't get around the rocks to Horseshoe Bay, but I took a couple of shots of the sandstone sculptures on the Platypus Bay side.

A pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon!

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