How does the Nunkie do it?

He would fall into a bath of 'cough-cough' and come out sucking his thumb!

Ahhhh yes once again we are impugning the scrap spotting capacity for the 'finest scratter to dive Beadnell', a true legend in his own lunchbox, but some nuts and bolts.....

The vis was 'ok' at about 5m

The temperature was steady at 12degc, should start climbing soon!

It's been an odd one up here, the forecast of MagicSeaweed was saying that the weekend would be 'poor' but don't worry as things would be picking up on Monday, well, from Monday I can't say that they did as todays planned dive didn't go, so instaed I am reduced to telling you all about the Nunkie.....

Where to start? Well he decided to go in at the 'entry point' on the South Side of Beadnell Point and have a look-see towards the harbour, since it's an area with a few guys fishing it and no-one else has done it this year, well it seemed that a bag of scrap would be in the offing. However we were told that it was devoid of lost weights, although I do suspect that his mind was on other things.

Working west the first reef takes a quick turn hard South, but if you continue along the five meter contour you very soon pick up more broken ground and how it has changed with a few huge boulders lying there with little or no sea-life attached, now I suspect that these lumps of limestone are the remnants of some of the pinnacles that have been 'bashed away' in the winter storms and that the huge swell has pushed them along the 'smooth' reef slope until it his the rough ground and once there the water power was simply insufficient to keep them moving, or alternatively the storm was subsiding so the wave strength decreased to a level where they stopped.

Whatever the reason they look to be absolute perfect weight eaters of the future until anglers realise that there is a problem when the kelp grows and breaks surface at low tide! Although the weed growth in non-existant there are animals which have taken up residence and as well as several blue fiends per boulder I also spotted a large rock cod bolting for cover when I came around the corner to see what could be seen.

Talking about blue fiends there were quite a few having a walk today and some were large enough to take so I am guessing that the reef is full with its quota and there are itinerant lobbies walking about looking to chase an incumbent out of his or her hidey hole. Similar to diving the Hopper when you actually stop, sink to the bottom and watch it isn't long before large amounts of antennae and eyes start checking out what could be breakfast, dinner and lunch. Oh and when you see what a couple of spider crabs did to a trapped cod you can see that a dead body of a human, so a seal without the tough skin and blubber, would be eaten quite quickly.......for timescales I would suggest that you watch the first episode of the first series of 'Hamish MacBeth' where a dead guy is dropped into a fishermans lobster holding tank and is rapidly eaten over a few days!

As well as the cod there loads of coalfish but no real monsters, these tend to mooch about on the North side, close to the wall where they can ambush unfortunates that are swept over the top of the reef on big tides and also corral sandeels into shallow water, trapped by the reef and shore-line. Wrasse, well a couple but they wanted nothing to do with divers and despite a few urchins none of the wrasse were inquisitive enough to justify bashing and smashing up an urchin.

There was quite a bit of 'micro-life' but no sign of the sea-hares, however with plenty of sea-lemons about it's reasonable to presume that they are simply blending in well with the purple bottom weed and again if you just stop and look you will spot 'many' of them as by late summer you would struggle to walk over the reef without squishing one, well if you were wearing closed diving systems a la Siebe Gorman or Deans!

So a nice dip, fish.....yup, blue fiends......yup, weights.......poor showing!

It's the annual trip to Babbacombe soon so keep your eyes open for updates and maybe some photos.

Dive safe

The Nunkie

Weight this dive - 2.2 kg

Weight this year - 220.4 kg

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