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The Links

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Depth: 16 m (52 ft) to 60 m (197 ft)

The Links is named for a massive anchor chain lost from the Japanese freighter the Ningan Maru in the late 1980s. The vessel suffered a steering failure just inside the Heads and with the strong incoming tide was quickly pushed towards the shoreline at Shortland Bluff. The pilot gave the order to drop the anchor in order to prevent the vessel from being driven ashore. Later when the problem was rectified the anchor chain had become fouled on the seabed and was unable to be recovered and was cut free.

Today the anchor chain hangs like a necklace draped over the wall and over Bommies as it drops from 18 metres to 60 metres at the bottom. The chain is now overgrown in beautiful sponges and is a fantastic sight.

The Rip & Tides Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive within "The Rip" (aka "The Heads"). This is a dangerous stretch of water, where Bass Straight meets Port Phillip, which has claimed many ships and lives. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-rip before diving or snorkelling this site.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.

Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

The Links Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.376′ S   (38.2896° S / 38° 17′ 22.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.272′ E   (144.637867° E / 144° 38′ 16.32″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-06 21:10:46 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Toms Cave, 24 m, bearing 242°, WSW
Depth: 18 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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