The little sand crab scuttles across the sea bed to avoid my clumsy attempts to get closer and photograph it. Finally the crafty crustacean resorts to burying itself in the sand with just a pair of beady little eyes staring at me. We call it a draw, I snap a shot then it emerges from its sandy lair and continues to scour the bottom for food.
I swim back towards the jetty and take some more shots of the veritable jungle of invertebrate life that clings to each of the jarrah supports. There are sea stars,sea squirts, sponges and anemones to mention but a few.
I am snorkelling beside the Henley Jetty which is the dominant feature of Henley Square just a twenty-minute drive from Adelaide's CBD. The square is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, be it in search of fine food, for a bike ride along the shore, to enjoy the wildlife or simply laze around on the beach.
Fins and mask off and refreshed by a quick beachside shower, I venture back along the jetty to chat to the fishers and see what they are catching. But I am not the only one taking an interest in the day's catch. A lone Pacific Gull is sitting on one of the jetty lights surveying the area ready to fly down and grab an untended fish or discarded bit of bait.
After spending some time on the jetty I walk along the bike and walking path and explore the rejuvenated zone of coastal scrub that lies between the path and beach. There are singing honeyeaters in the bushes and a pair of spotted dovers investigating the sandy ground for seeds and fruits from the native bushes and groundcovers. However, it is a little native blue bee that catches my attention as it scours some tiny flowers in search of nectar.
A blue bee, sand crab, Pacific gull and a garden of fascinating little creatures have all demonstrated that even the most sophisticated urban areas still house an amazing collection of wild things if one takes the time to look.