Diary

Poor old Nunkie, looks like he is out again!

We thought that the wreckage of Yewglen were adequately marked for 2019, well after the last weather it appears not!

As always the nuts and bolts first....

The vis was better than expected at 4m, maybe 5m at times and improving

The temperature was 12degC, I think the bloody computer is stuck, it's been this for ages!

After the horrible weather I thought that my only chance of a dip would be late Sunday afternoon and indeed that was the case so with my lightweight kit we yomped to the end of Beadnell Point and decided to go in on the North Side, well there was a bit of a southerly meaning that  there was a horrible little 'wind chop' going onto the reef slope and getting in and out around high water....on those bloody ankle breakers....with a two foot intermittent chop.....naaaah!

I decided to go for a 'big jump' maybe ten feet from the water in order not to disturb a few anglers who were set up on the end, I was then planning on heading North for a grub about, unfortunately or fortunately it was apparent as soon as I got to the bottom that things had changed....again as there was a large swathe that should have been covered in a steel plate and all that was remaining was the ribs, I guess that the plate had worn to nothing and the ribs were loose on the bottom so the seas must have got underneath and simply bashed the piece to smithereens. On the plus point there were a handful of weights and lead covered wire which were picked up and bagged, it all goes into the season end account for fuel and two smoke oil!

I slowly went north looking hard for any nice 'trinkets' that may have been freed from the conglomerate but no such luck, but there were lead weights dotted around the area and everything had been really messed around. There is a small gully which runs from the wreckage inshore and as is normal I headed up and down this gully, it does seem to attract bits and pieces, guess that it is the prevailing conditions. Anyhow, this dive I picked up a small, unfortunately flooded dive torch, a bright yellow 'beaver special' so whilst it had no re-use value it was a lump of plastic and rotting batteries out and correctly disposed of in a waste plastic bin.

Out of this gully and grubbing about there were more odd weights and also a nice little zone with bits sticking out from the cobble stoned bottom, unfortunately this was near the end of the dive and as I like to end with a half full tank I marked the spot and shall return, I could have stayed and excavated but when you break the only dive rule that you follow it is so easy to break again and then what? If you do hit a problem and only have fifty bars or thereabouts that doesn't equate to a huge amount of time to get sorted!

Enough of the scrappage, wild-life. Walking to the site I expected to see loads of small fish as there were a few guillimots working the area where the tide raced over the reef and whilst shoals of sandeels there were none I did spot some large shoals of immature 'roundfish' probably saithe tight up against the wall, keeping clear of predators which is practically everything when you are a tasty two inch long mouthful! 

The large aquatic predators were there in the form of large 4-5lb pollack which were mooching about mid-water above the kelp, I think that anglers are in the main shocked when they are told that the larger fish are mid-water, with the exception of flatties most fish do swim off the bottom, they have fins not feet.

Swimming past the boiler there were a few larger ballan wrasse that do now seem a bit more 'relaxed' with divers, not that I think there are a huge amount of people on the site, rather as the summer progresses there is more and more food meaning that the race to lunch eases a bit and also the seals are out eating mackeral, whose oily flesh will help build up fat for the winter.

On a crustacean front, loads of fiends with some biggies in very shallow water of around two meters which I guess just about dries out at low tide. People do get a bit surprised at just how shallow lobbies will live, if there is a good and secure hidey hole blue fiends will live in areas that dry out on spring tides, there is a hole on the South Side which dries out and there is permanently a four pounder in it, but it is unextractable as the hole goes back yards into solid rock so he is quite safe.

I have noticed recently that there are some huge velvet swimming crabs about but I haven't seen any/many small ones so that is something to keep an eye open for and of course there were nudibranchs with several sea-lemons and se-hares knocking about of the short purple weeds, it is strange hgow the hares turn purple using the plant pigments whilst the lemons stay white, a marvel of nature!

So after about an hour it was time for out, there was a little bit of swell but it was easy to 'haul out' onto the high water mark steps, clamber up and then walk to the car, I must say that remembering to adjust my weight-belt just prior to surfacing has made things so much easier as time in the water compresses the undersuit and means that the belt slips down making walking difficult, I just need to remember this in the future! 

The weather is forecast fair so guys and gals get out there splashing but please make sure that you.....

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 5.5 kg

Weight this year -  247.3 kg

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