For our last trip to Wilsons Promontory with friends Greg and Ann before we take the boat back to the Gippsland Lakes, the sailing was ordinary, but the light show at night was electrifying!
We have been there many times. But it is still a lovely escape into the photogenic and deserted anchorages of Sealers Cove and Little Waterloo Bay, with teal waters, long sandy beaches and the backdrop of the Prom’s rugged hills. It is a time to chill out, enjoy each other’s company and indulge, since as usual we over-catered! But at night it’s show time!
It is 10 pm, there are splashes and blows: dolphins visiting under the cover of darkness. We come out on deck. A full moon and the milky way light up the sky. We gaze up, then just for curiosity’s sake, we shine our torches on the inky water. To our amazement, the starry night is matched by an underwater world of phosphorescence, drifting plankton, twinkling organisms and Ctenophores, comb jellyfish that emit light.
It is the most fascinating, other worldly spectacle. The Ctenophores are particularly mesmerizing: translucent alien shapes with little dots of red, green and yellow light flashing along intricate, ladder like structures – the combs. “Glitter of sequins on a Dame Edna dress” Ann says. “An underwater milky way with shooting stars and nebulae” says Chris. Wade and Greg are into science fiction: “Alien spaceships from the Planet Z’Ork.” As for Bengie the ship’s cat: “Woo hoo, sparkly dinner, can I eat that?”
Here is a gallery of our favourite images from the long weekend, including a couple of these incredible jelly creatures to which we will dedicate a special post a little later.