Diary

Babbacombe, day two, dive two

And it was a bit short, so I will be having words as I have paid for a fill and it was at 100bar, so untouched....

But that's long enough for a good half hour so rather than chunter it was kit up and go! 

However with the air at about turn-around point I decided to hang around the end of the pier and take time to look and that is exactly what I did and even in a very small area I picked up another kilo or so of scrap and returned a lure to an angler, so a nice and eventful dip.

Working over such a small area you do tend to see more of the small critters that would normally disappear in a puff of silt and today I spotted quite a few smaller fish, so where to start.....

Leopard spotted gobies, yup loads of them and most of the time they stay still, the issue that I have is that they tend to live or should I say co-habit with lobsters or crabs where they eat bits that the crustacea can't fit their mandibles round!

Tom-pot blennies, quite a few and most of these cocky little fish will pose for long enough to get a few good photos, I think that there was a large one inhabiting an old hand-rail hole on the pier but I am not sure, that said I got some good photos and he got more and more 'show off' as the camera was clicking so when everything is downloaded I will have a positive identification.

Black blenny, I spotted one jet black blenny/goby and it disappeared in a puff of silt so I cannot say for certain what it was, again time to get the fish book out and check up, I have seen this fish species previously but only at Babbacombe and whilst I am not saying that the only place it lives is here I am saying that it is probably a 'warmer water' species as they certainly don't feature in the North East.

Goldshinny wrasse, yes that is what they are, and they are everywhere, every hole and crack has one or more (and more) of these small fish setting up a nest to lay their eggs, I am not sure if the fish pair up as such but the only ones that I saw were obviously spawn-bound females.

So from a fish point of view great and I even got a few shots before the camera started to 'blink' to let me know that the power was dropping off, that said I think I have 'accepted' around twenty photos so far and put them up on this site and I really should start to think about adding captions.

The spider crabs were also really active and you do get a shock at times when one of the larger lumps rears up and waves his claws at you, now to be blunt this isn't a rtisk to life and limb rather it is a 'bloody hell' moment as what you thought was a rock suddenly lifts a foot from the bottom and waves its claws another six inches above that!

Dusk was falling as I was diving so the blue fiends were again starting to wake up and get ready for a walk about, there was one which I made a half hearted attempt to extract using the old tricks like scratching on top of her lair but she wasn't for coming out far enough for me to justify a lunge so I left her, now if it had been a cock lobbie he would have been out and looking to see what was amking the bloomin' racket but it wasn't so pie for tea again tonight!

Tomorrow it is down to see Dougie at Aquanauts (Plymouth) get some good air fills and have an evening dive, before doubling up on Friday and then setting off on the 360 mile trip North to Gods Country, so after three dips it's great to be back at Babbacombe!

Dive safe

RichW

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