Mornington Pier Excursion 2014

On a very cloudy February morning that had all the weathermen shouting heatstroke alert with forecast temperatures in the 40c zone, a few members headed towards the Mornington Peninsula to cool off.

With ominous grey skies and temperatures in the high teens, the 40c swelter didn’t seem likely.

A newsflash of poor visibility at Cape Schanck was received and plans changed. Diverting, the off-ramp was taken with new destination Mornington Pier plugged into the GPS.

The grey skies lingered for a while but soon enough were burnt off.

Mornington morning gloom

Mornington morning gloom

Many hours and plunges later (including a black cormorant fighting for territory) the stingray, seahorses and multitude of fish bid us farewell.

Luna and Luca gearing up

Luna and Luca gearing up

Pier depth 6-8m

Pier depth 6-8m

Just outside the pier, the rocks offer more marine life and greater depth

Just outside the pier, the rocks offer more marine life and greater depth

Baby Stingray about 30cm diameter

Baby Stingray about 30cm diameter

One of three seahorses seen.

One of three seahorses seen.

Luna takes a closer look

Luna takes a closer look

Marlon and Luca outside the pier

Marlon and Luca outside the pier

After a well-deserved feed, the Mt Martha cliffs called the trio for a refreshing snorkel where many a budding spearo dressed in footy shorts was seen sporting brand new hawaiian slings.