You dive into the ocean at night?!
In the dark?!
Do you know how big the ocean is?
Do you know how dark the ocean is at night?
Do you realize what is out there in the dark that could eat you?
Do you realize that most sea creature feed at night?



I am well aware of how big and dark the ocean is and what lives and feeds at night down there; but at night everything changes. Creatures that you would never see in the day come out. The most spectacular thing to me is how many of the coral change at night. Coral that may look plain and drab in the day is the most colorful, radiant coral at night. It actually blooms when the sun goes down. If you don't take chances, you will miss out on a lot in life. Nowhere is this more true than in exploring the world under the seas.
* See WARNING at bottom of page.

Click on some of the thumbnails below to get a better view of what I am talking about.

aus27nt.jpg (40812 bytes) If you are only a day diver, you will see some coral that looks like this. It is very interesting looking in the day. It looks kind of green, aqua or blue with shades of pink or orange at times. It appears to have a circular design with little pitted areas. It looks like colored, dimpled rocks. But look at the two pictures below to see what you will find at night if you visit this same sight.
Aus21ni.jpg (91485 bytes) If you didn't know better, you would never know that this was the same coral you were looking at above. It is a closer view of one of the areas seen above, but at night. These daisy coral only bloom at night. One of the stems comes out of each of those circular indentations that you see in the day.
aus28nt.jpg (125083 bytes) This is another patch of these night daisies blooming. Sometimes they are a bright orange. They come out at night and feed on small particles that drift by in the darkness. So not everything that feeds at night is big and spooky.
aus26nt.jpg (58042 bytes) This coral looks smooth and brown in the daylight, but at night it grows a little fuzzy looking "coat" of villi that absorbs nourishment before retracting at the first sign of dawn.
aus29nt.jpg (42395 bytes) If you are brave enough to dive on the "Yongala" in the day, you will see lots of beautiful dark purple coral growing on the hull of the ship. It is soft coral that looks fluffy.
aus30nt.jpg (56237 bytes) But an even greater prize lies in in store on this fabled wreck for those who have the nerve to visit her at night. The fluffy purple coral appears bright red with an even fuller, thicker bloom.
And anyone who knows me, knows that red is my favorite color.
aus31nt.jpg (58713 bytes) This is just another example of the beautiful coral that is appreciated only by the night divers.
Do night divers forget about the dangers of dark deep ocean? They had better not.
If you ever get too comfortable or start to forget what is swimming with you, all you have to do is shine your light out into the deep darkness and you quickly reminded that you are not alone when you see reflections of green, orange or red eyes looking back at you. They are always out there. They are always watching. You are a visitor in their world. You have to remember that and respect them.
But if you never go in the seas at night, you will not see some of her most beautiful creatures.


If diving into the ocean at night makes you feel a little uneasy,
This page is not intended to encourage people who might not feel comfortable, for any reason, to make a night dive. There are lots of dangerous things that live in the ocean, but most dangerous thing for a scuba diver is not in ocean. It is in your head.

Panic will cause the death of more scuba divers than sharks, sea snakes, lionfish, jellyfish and all other sea creatures put together. When panic attacks, you loose the ability to think logically and you are more apt to make a mistake that could cost you your life.
Never dive under conditions beyond your level of training or that you are not totally comfortable with. If you are nervous about diving at night, stay out of the water and come here to see what you are missing.