Trevally @ Smooth Pool, West Coast SA
Smooth Pool is a popular (but remote for Adelaidians if travelling by car) shallow but quite large natural ‘pond’ on rocky shoreline on SA’s west coast,between Elliston and Streaky Bay.Popular for fishers and snorkelers,rather less so for divers but worth a look on SCUBA if one can be bothered lugging one’s kit or rockhopping carefully while kitted up,the 50-100 metres or so from nearest AWD vehicle parking spot to get to the pool’s nthn edge.The pool is almost cut off from the sea at low tide and especially in calmer weather,but can be ‘undiveable’ when storms and tides dictate.However,given the paucity of more fully protected snkl/dive sites that cld be called ‘all weather or nearly so’ spots on this very extensive stretch of high energy coastline,it’s a great fall-back option on many days when deeper and in context even better sites are blown out which can occur for days at a time.
Smooth Pool contains both seagrass meadows,brown algal canopy-type shallow granitic rocky reef benthos,and some small patches of bare sand and rubble incl. pebbled bottom,and on a good day horizontal viz can be excellent,making the scale fish schools eg trevally,Australian Herring,and several mullet spp.,easy to view and at low tide one feels secure from the small but real risk of large sharks sharing your swim:any free swimming sharks eg whalers and whites would only be able to enter Smooth Pool on the tides and thus risk being cut off from the open ocean at low tide.
Caveat:My above description is based on only a couple of snkls and dives in this Pool,so apols to the local community members who know the site far better,if I’ve got my facts a bit wonky!
Source: via David Muirhead on Oceandiscover