Lundy July 2014

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Well whats to say i could see the wreck of the Robert from the surface!!

Weather and the other dives were amazing and seals a plenty all in all a great trip,

Big thanks to Paul and Jules for all their hard work in planning the trip too !!

Skomer Island

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UK DIVING – FANTASTIC

Having travelled down to Pembrokeshire early on a Saturday morning to spend a day diving The Smalls, we were advised by the Skipper of the hard boat (Predator) that the weather forecast would not allow us to dive The Smalls and we would therefore head for Skomer Island. The voyage to Skomer was a mixture of calm waters along the estuary towards the open sea and a meeting of tides which created extremely agitated seas.

Our first dive was to be on Rye Rocks and the very adjacent wreck of the Lucy.  Having decided on buddy pairs and got kitted up the skipper reminded us that we were going to be Diving in a no take zone. A stride entry and in no time my buddy (Stu) and I were descending to the sea bed. Setting a heading North towards the wall we soon came upon the scallop beds referred to during our briefing. Scallops the size of plates, this was the positive results of declaring a no take zone. Curious wrasse followed us during the dive. On the wall was such variety of anemones. Cracks and crevices in the rocks revealed velvet crabs and squat lobsters.

 

On arrival back at the boat, an easy lift to the deck, de-kit, a welcomed cuppa and a catch up on all the dive experiences and stories.

 

Motoring towards North Haven, a nearby calm bay, we cracked open lunch.

 

The second dive was to be on Stack Rocks. This was outside of the no take zone and the skipper was keen for one of us to bring up a couple of decent spider crabs. Kitch volunteered and took the skipper’s goody bag.

Stu and I jumped in and started our descent down the shot line. 10m down the shot and I looked up to check on Stu. Just above his head was a huge colourful jelly fish with long sprawling tentacles. I shone my torch on it, Stu turned around and quickly fumbled for his camera. This beauty was just the start of what was to become a brilliant UK dive. During the dive brief the skipper told us to head North or West, either way we will come to a wall.  Once on the sea bed we headed North but this found us trying to head into a flow of water so around we turned. What a stroke of luck, deep crevices lined with jewel anemones with surprises around every corner and under each overhang of rocks. Large spider crabs which looked like aliens to our planet, a large edible crab, lobsters, shrimps lurking in the overhangs and the usual inquisitive wrasse. With so much going on the time just flew by and we were soon finding ourselves with 70 BAR of air left and 5 minutes of no deco time.  We started to ascend to reduce our depth and suddenly there on the rock was a pair of eyes staring at us. A shake of the head and a double take confirmed that a large octopus was watching us. I had never been this close up to an octopus. I shone my torch on it and it started to move hugging and following the profile of the rock, stopping and changing colour to match its surroundings. I shone my torch again, but no movement this time so I thought I would touch it. Expecting a squirt of ink, no such luck, the octopus just moved gracefully away mid water. Sadly air and time meant we needed to leave. What a fantastic experience. Back at the boat and everybody was euphoric about their Great British dive…….. And what’s more it wasn’t cold!!