Diary

The power couple do some 'commercial' work

And for that I mean the Nunkie and Ancient Diver.....obviously! Let's be clear it wasn't especially deep and it wasn't especially onerous but it kept Nunkie busy for a 10 bar of air!

So what was this highly important work? Well there was a new temporary mooring position needed in the kettle so it was half done but one of the good ideas, that was to fit a buoy at the top of the chain to keep it from rubbing on the bottom and wearing out was causing a problem when mooring at low water........the pellet was too close to the surface and close to fouling the props of the new boat, so it had to change!

But the vis, what about the vis? Well it was around the 8m mark but with some bits of plankton in the water, not seasonal at all.

As you may guess from the air consumption it wasn't a long job but it was made a tad awkward by the current which was running hard from the North over the top of Knoxes Reef so hanging like a monkey on a string the Nunkie made short work of the line securing the pellet and catching it in a bag fastened onto a DSMB reel he was quickly back up and on board, a job well done but now what?

The day had started out sweltering but by late afternoon it was horrible and overcast, typical June weather so after a minor conflab it was off to dive Blue Caps, a nice easy dip and even with some horrendous currents on these big tides it would be possible to get in, work down the slope and along before retracing and getting out with no real issues.

Well, getting kitted up it started getting darker and started raining, great, oh and then to put a hat on it there was no torch so it was proper 'old stylee' diving with slowly working down to allow your eyes to get use to the gloom and accept that if any creepy-crawlie decided not to venture out of its hole then it wasn't going to be spotted.

Now the first 'wow' thing about the dive was that there was no harrassment, oops interaction, with seals. Normally when there is only a single diver in the water the half dozen yearlings that want to play and spread their affections over a group of twelve concentrate on that poor beggar and yes I have been hauled from the slope with a seal on each fin and another far too close to my unmentionables but today there was no such issue, I guess that the seals were sitting watching the lumps of sunshine fall out from the sky, lovely.

However, whilst there were no seals about there were certainly huge numbers of Ballan Wrasse and judging by the amount of smashed urchin shells they had been feeding well from visiting divers and certainly the two times I stopped to attempt 'extractions' the larger and more colourful male wrasse were quickly on the scene waiting for food, be that a detached crab leg or as was the case a smashed urchin.

Talking urchins there was still lots of suspended algae/plankton in the water and whilst messing about deploying the DSMB the urchins on the top of the rock pinnacles were feeding furiously, with the feeding 'protrubences' being significantly longer than any I have ever seen deployed, I just wish that I had a camera with me as it would have made a nice shot with clear water directly behind.

The dive itself went to plan, I headed down the slope and along until I reached a large underwater pillar where there are always lots of tasties hidden away, there is a crack that runs vertical up the pillar which usually houses a a host of fiends but no luck today which was strange, that said the line of pots were near the site were shot from the Blue Caps over towards the end of Longstone so maybe the fishermen know that there are not a huge amount of lobbies in this area?

As the dive was in a state of darkness the amount of cod that were out and about was quite amazing and some of these fish were damn big, I know that in this area they seem to spend the hours of daylight hidden in the tumbled boulder slope where I guess there are loads of large and cavernous areas where they can safey stay until the light starts to fade when they come out and feed, certainly in deeper water they are 'out' most of the day but I guess that the light conditions at forty meters are pretty much as encountered today at a more modest twenty meters so that they were out and about should be no great shock.

So with a DSMB up 'a day' was called but on the surface the Ancient Diver was wearing his waterproofs and the rain was 'orrible.....maybe we will get a summer?

Dive safe

RichW

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