Overcast skies and calm conditions greeted Derek and Peter at Little Manly for our journey to Shelly Beach and back.
Heading north around the Heads the sun popped out occasionally to highlight the soaring sandstone formations.
A school of dolphins joined us at Salmon Cove and a little further on were busy dining on Bonito that boiled across the surface. A thought went out to Luke and Tony who would have reaped the benefit of this moment.
As we reached Shelly our favourite surfing break was disappointingly absent.
Donned with snorkels and flippers we carefully entered the water at the southern end of the beach to avoid an unpleasant mass of purple stinging jellyfish, which from below the surface were a magnificent translucent maroon colour.