Kanowna Island, Seal School
GPS: -39.150817 146.306417
Last Edited: 12/24/2022, 4:53:56 PM
This dive site is fairly well sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. The rocks in the area form crevices and gullies which are interesting to explore if you can take your attention away from the seals. The rocks feature a very thick covering of various kelps.
Maximum depth in the rocky area is about 25 metres, but drops off to 40 metres quite close by. Surge can be an issue at this dive site.
Kanowna Island is an important breeding site for a significant colony of over 9,000 Australian Fur Seals, and a small number of New Zealand Fur Seals, which feed in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park and surrounding waters. These species were once more widely distributed around the Prom and are still recovering from near local extinction as a result of the sealing industry of the 1800s. This dive site is one of the seal colonies on the island.
Motorised and non-motorised vessels including sea kayaks are prohibited from within 200 metres of Kanowna Island during the breeding season from November to January (inclusive), and within 50 metres of the island at other times of the year.
Scuba divers diving from boats anchored outside the seasonal exclusion zones around Kanowna Island may approach closer to these islands provided that they are underwater and observe any other restrictions applying to approaching marine mammals.
Dive Type: Reef Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor