Diary

Another 'snapping' dip at Beadnell

With the vis being 'super' I thought that I would take a dip from the South Side of Beadnell Point, high water slack so it was a short walk and easy dive due to back issue, and I took along my camera to see if there was anything intersting.....

The vis was great, certainly 8m maybe a bit further, lovely stuff!

I will have my 'bit rant' now, the beach was quite busy, what with the holiday season upon us and good weather, this brought along the problem of plastic rubbish in the water, aaaaargh! I am going to print up some notices for the car parks to see if it makes a blind bit of difference.

One of the 'surprises' is the explosion of fish that you see in early to mid-summer and whilst a few weeks ago there were only occasional large Ballan Wrasse on the dive today there were loads of all shapes and sizes, from small fish a couple or four inches long to the larger fish that have been inshore for a while. There were also a few goldshinny which are similar to ballan wrasse insofar as they are a member of the same family but are much smaller growing to maybe eight inches overall and distinguishable from ballans by the presence of a vivid black 'dot' at the top of their body towards the tail fin.

With all of these fish about it was perhaps not a shock that the small immature cod were keeping very close to weeds and cracks where they could quickly dash for cover should one of the predators come close and as well wrasse there were the usual large head of saithe mooching about looking for their next meal.

I had hobbled part way towards the concrete gully in the hope that a short swim would have me down to the wreckage of Mistly where I had again hoped to take some 'nice' photos but unfortunately whilst I managed a couple of shots there has been a sudden spurt in the growth of the short red seaweed so beloved of sea-hares so I took a couple of shots but not a huge amount. 

Beadnell - SoP (14/7/19)

 

On the subject of sea-hares it is that time of the year again and they were everywhere, loads of em but all in clumps of two or more waiting for the 'ideal' conditions to breed. In these clunmps you can see the colour variations that these large critters have, with some a deep vivid read colour from their time eating the red weed whilst others are a darker red/black possibly due to them eating darker colour weed that has grown in the partial shade of the large kelp beds, alternatively the colour may be driven by another factor, can't think what but...... As well as the sea-hares there were sea-lemons, crispea and flagalle and other nudi-branchs so a really nice critter dip.

Part way down the slope there was a pile of small bones, fish or bird I don't know but they were picked clean and showed up white on the bottom, so again click and a photo! Thinking about this after the event they looked very 'robust' so my post dive favourite would be a dead wrasse that had been returned by an angler and died.

After trying to get some shots of Mistley I had a bimble 'over' the kelp, I didn't feel fit enough to go bashing through the weed so I kept on-top, dropping into areas where there was no weed for a look and click. Now this made it less risky of being snagged up in lost fishing lines and yes there were a few, to the extent that was following lines, rolling them up and bagging them and the associated weights, I took a shot showing divers what they would 'see' for a lost line and they are quite visible if you know what you are looking at!

In some of the drop throughs it was quite interesting and in the deeper areas there were more creepy-crawlies, including a large butterfish that stayed still until I got the camera quite close, within thirty centimeters, when it decided enough was enough and zoomed off into the kelp. These fish are quite interesting being eel-like and the relative positipon of eyes and mouth seem to give them a permanently shocked expression!

I had a pretty shocked expression when I realsised that I had been in for over an hour so headed onto the slope, pausing only to get some photos of a remote pocket of wreckage before heading up and out. Now I am sure that this particular area of rust was originally from Yewglen as the rivet pitch and arrangement matches that seen on plates to the North side of the point and also the larger 'girder' is so large it is almost inconceivable that there is a third metal wreck located on the reef.

The plan is to have a dive with the Ancient Diver tomorrow, lets keep fingers crossed and see how that pans out as it is my first trip from North Sunderland of 2019!

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 2.0 kg

Weight this year - 289.0 kg

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