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Dive Type: Boat dive Depth: 6 - 18m Diver Qualification: Open water diver

In 1797 Lt William McPherson Rice charted a submerged reef approximately 1½ nautical miles off shore, north of Cape Recife.

He named it Dispatch Rock and noted that it lies only 3m below the surface at low tide.  This rock was a peril to many a ship and in 1838 a lit marker buoy was anchored over the reef, but it was soon washed away.

In 1843 another buoy was placed and an official notification was placed in then Government Gazette naming it Roman Rock.

Today an East Cardinal maker buoy warns ships to past on the eastern side. At night a flashing light marks the location of the reef. There is offcourse a bell on this buoy to warn ships when fog rolls into Algoa Bay, hence the name Bell Buoy.

This extensive reef covers a large area, with lots of pinnacles and gullies to explore and can not be covered in one dive.

Four distinctive dive site has been  identified so far. The four dive sites are:

Specie List for Dive site: (PE-AB)-Bellbuoy reef
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Alcyonium fauri-1 (Purple soft coral)
Alcyonium sp (Flame coral)
Amphiroa ephedraea (Horsetail algae)
Anthostella sp. (Dwarf spotted anemone)
Apletodon pellegrini (Chubby clingfish)
Archaeopsis spinulosis (Hotlips spider crab)
Arothron immaculatus-1 (Camo blackedged puffer)
Aulactinia sp1 (Chevron anemone)
Austrobatrachus foedus (Puzzeld toadfish)
Austrofromia schultzei (Granular starfish)
Autolytus charcoti (Ringed sylid worm)
Balanophyllia bonaespei (Small cup coral)
Batrichthys apiatus (Snakehead Toadfish)
Berthellina granulata (Lemon pleurobranch)
Bonisa nakaza-1 (Gas flame nudibranch)
Boopsoidea incornata (Frans madam)
Carcharias taurus (Ragged tooth shark)
Chalroderma ocellata (Two eyed blennie)
Charonia lampas pustulata (Pink lady)
Clinus superciliosus (Super klipfish)
Conger cinereus (Conger eel)
Cratena sp 4 (Brown orange-eyed nudibranch)
Cuthona sp6 (Yellow candy nudibranch)
Dasyatis chrysonota (Blue stingray)
Dendrodoris sp1 (Blue-speckeld nuibranch)
Ectopleura crocea (Tubular hydroid)
Epinephelus poecilonotus (Dot-dash grouper)
Glossodoris sp4 (Lady Elizabeth nudibranch)
Haliclona oculata-1 (Purple encrusted turret sponge)
Hypselodoris capensis-1 (White cape dorid)
Isozoanthus capensis (Cape zoanthid)
Laurencia complanata (Flattened laurencia)
Lineus oranatus (Black-back ribbonworm)
Malacacanthus capensis (Sun burst soft coral)
Marthasterias glacialis (Spiny starfish)
Melibe rosea (Cowled Nudibranch)
Patiriella dyscrita (Granular cushion starfish)
Planocera gilchristi (Spotted flatworm)
Plesiocystiscus alfredensis (Blue oval marginella)
Pleurobranchaea bubala (Warty pleurobranch)
Pleurobranchaea tarda (Dwarf warty pleurobranch)
Polymastia mamillaris (White teat sponge)
Pseudactinia varia (Mauve false plum anemone)
Pseudoceros hancockanus (Black frilled flatworm)
Pseudoceros sp3 (Maroon striped flatworm)
Pseudoceros sp5 (Tripple striped flatworm)
Pseudodromidia latens (Cloaked sponge crab)
Rachycentron canadum (Prodigal son)
Rostanga elandsia (Red sponge nudbranch)
Spondyliosoma emarginatum (Steentjie)
Synodus indicus (Indian lizardfish)
Tethya spp2 (Dark coloured golfball sponge)
Thysanozoon brocchii (Carpet flatworm)
Tropiometra carinata (Elegant feather star)
Venus verrucosa (Warty venus)
Virgularia schultzei (Fleshy feathery sea pen)
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