Diary

A quick splash to bubble off the left-overs

Years ago and I mean when dinasurs roamed the world it was par for course to stop the RIB on the way back from the Farnes and use up the last knockings of air on an in-shore dive, well that was todays plan!

I had 120bar left, so too much to get filled up and not enough for a 'proper' dive, but thirty minutes from the shore? That'll do nicely sir!

As always the nuts and bolts first;

The vis was ghastly at maybe 3m and loads of suspended solids

The temperature was warmer, I am down to a single tank top and sweat-shirt under a membrance suit now

The plan was to take my camera and stay in the shallows but this partially kyboshed by the vis and then double whammied with and angling competition being held which meant that access was 'limited', that said there was enough space to go in at the site of SS Mistley and keep say ten yards either way so that is what I did, although getting in was a performance, counting off the big waves tyo get through the first set before scurrying in and finning out furiously.......yes I am getting too old for this crap!

As the vis had really gone to crap I decided to head straight down the slope until I got the to wreckage and bimble, just to adjust my eyes so to speak, I then planned to slowly bugger about in the shallower stuff to try and get some macro-photos, sounded fine so that what I did, and the first thing I spotted was some luminious green fishing braid about a foot off the bottom, great, following this lost tackle down to the wreck I picked off one of three lost fishing weights and then rolled up the lost line. Lost braid can be an absolute bitch as you need to cut it with a knife, whereas with lost monofilament you can snap it without 'cheese-cutting' off your finger tips, one of my dreads in summer is swimming through kelp as you do get a huge amount of losy line and on these dives I have taken to pushing along a lift-bag with a rock on the bottom to catch the lost lines..... So, with the lost braid sorted I spent quite a bit of my time looking up, just incase I had strayed or another angler had turned up.

With time to spend on the wreck looking 'close' I had quite a nice dive, I picked out the prop shaft and saw that there was a coupling near the end where there were three seperate plates, I guess some kind of clutch mechanism, and with the bottom being moved around quite a bit I had a good look and was happy to see that the porthole is still accessible, now I know that it is only a little one but I will dig it out this year and for anyone thinking of getting there first it is a bugger to spot as you may be able to tell as I dive this site very regularly.

But I did get some photos with the prop-shaft and joint being two and the rest being of more 'sea-life' style:-

Beadnell - SoP (23/6/19)

On my way down the slope when I dropped to the bottom to get my '$hit together' I had noticed a single Sea-hare hanging on to a piece of wed for dear life, he was obviously far from happy as the large 'sail like' protrubence on his back was fully retracted and he was partially curled up, I am guessing that this particular individual had simply misjudged the situation as this was the only Sea-hare that I spotted. In fact 'mobile' sea life was so mobile that it had gone....fish....well some codling that hatched this year, odd sea-scorpions of the short finned variety, errrmmm, that's your whack! Crustaceans, well no Blue Fiends, not even antennae poking out from holes, they were all deeply in bed and sitting out the grotty weather. The Ancient Diver and I agree that lobbies hate conditions where there are suspended solids in the water and guess that it is a function of the stuff getting stuck on their gills, or as I nickname them 'dead-mans fingers' because it used to be said that they were poisonous and if you ate them you would die.

Heading slowly back up the slope I spent some time at the kelp beds taking somemore photographs, one shows just how complex and'roomy' the root complex of a living kelp plant actually is, with loads of space for creepy crawlies to go inside and be safe in all but the most terrible of weather when the plant 'might' be ripped off the rock, again 'might' as some of the kelp is quiet old maybe three years, again something to check!

And you can tell the kelp is old from another of the photographs where you can see that a white sponge is living on the 'trunk' of the kelp, I think that this is a goose-bump sponge and will update the photograph as and when I have checked out. There are also a couple of shots of some other soft sponges on the kelp, I think that these soft plants are happy to grow high on the kelp for a single reason.......

Safety, now there would only be a limited life span on the kelp as it is a living organism and will die so if these soft sponges were growing on bed-rock they could live much longer, however being high on the kelp means that they cannot be grazed by sea-urchins which can only get so high up the kelp before their weight causes the stem to bend and sway dislodging them. I did read a very interesting book called something like 'Into the sea to get out of the Rain' which was written by a marine biologist and whilst it is a life story there are lots of interesting snippets about the position of plants and animals on vertical underwater structures and why the order is the same all around our coast. Basically it is down to who eats what and why, basically muscles grow above the depth where there are large amounts of anemones because starfish will not climb over the anemones.........interesting and simply intuitive but....

Right with weather worsening I'm not sure what the weekend will be like but here and now I will be happy to see the back of June as generally conditions have been terrible!

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 0.5 kg

Weight this year - 268.2 kg

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