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Written by Wade Doak, Scene Magazine   
Friday, 19 March 2010

Wade Doak films an ‘ockie’ and company in the Ngunguru river

Recently I spent one and a half hours on the bottom of Ngunguru River. the whole time I was flat out filming with a high-definition, wide-screen video camera. This would be my third attempt to document the intense river community among the reefs of Snell’s Point.

...a persistent sediment load from bad land management in the catchment can cause a river community to collapse.

This time, to keep the camera steady as a rock in the current, I wore extra lead on my belt; I put four extra weights in my buoyancy jacket pockets and strapped the camera to a board fitted with three more lead weights. I could barely walk into the water at high tide.

To swim out to the reef I inflated my jacket to near bursting point. It emitted a groan. But when I voided it and sank down to the bottom everything was perfect. The camera never budged. I could lie behind it and squint through the lens as my capacious 60-hour hard drive recorded a thriving metropolis.

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