Diary

A report from Nunkie!

It must have been good as he was in again, and you can tell it's nunkie as he can't see scrap!

As always I will start with the reported vis!

A reported 6m, a little bit milky at the start of the dive but clearer as you got to deeper water away from the shore where there was a short two foot 'wind-chop' slapping against the side of the point....kinda obvious?

The temperature is nice and warm witn a reported 16degC just a little way down the coast, so if you want to wet-suit dive well now is the time to hang up the dry-suit for a month, or maybe not!

With the weather being a little changeable he decided to go in from the South Side of Beadnell Point, mainly to have a mooch about and see if there had been anything dropped during the recent racing regatta, one of the turning buoys is located just beyond the second 'reeflet' on flat and weed-freee ground so it is always worth a look to see if there is anything worth lifting, we got a secchi plate there a couple of years ago so who knows?

Well today we all knew that there was nothing to be found but it was an interesting dive and today rather than Bull Huss there were loads of smaller lesser spotted dogfish although in these enlightened times they are called 'catsharks' not sure why, I guess it is a bit like angler-fish which are also known as monk-fish and locally 'green'. Whatever the reason on the dive there were quite a few of these fish about, most lying doggo on the bottom with their heads and eyes, ostrich style, covered in kelp fronds. When disturbed they strangey swam towards nunks, almsot bleary eyed, as if to look and see what had affected their slumber before lazily turning and swimming off through the kelp to find another bed.

There was quite a bit of varied fish-life, although no huge amounts of fish, well apart from the dogfish, saithe check plenty and some larger fish, ballan wrasse yup including a very gravid looking female that seemed to be setting up a nest in one of the many huge undercuts that are on the rock formations. Now we have thought about trying to get some photos of nesting wrasse so this site is an option to observe in the next couple of weeks to see if we can get the photos that we want. Oh and of course there were loads of micro-species, short spined sea-scorpions, baby cod, a pogge, a variety of flatfish and some tiny 5mm long fry that we have no idea about. So basically the site was buzzing with fishlife which is no huge surprise given the time of year.

Being the archetypical hunter the hook was deployed but the blue fiends were all soft and the string of pots which looked recently deployed also had some very 'vivid' lobsters inside which tend to be softies which should be returned. Now on the subject of fiends there was one spotted in the open today that was munching on a piece of kelp stalk, lobsters are omnivorves that will eat anything but I can't say that they have been spotted eating kelp and to be blunt all that I have seen them eating has been dead fish or dead seals and whilst I don't mind bagging them if they have been tucking into a bit of cod I do draw the line at cooking and cleaning a lobster knowing that it's guts will be full of rotting seal....I am sure that I have cleaned such beasties in the past but unknowingly, so any blue fiends reading if you want to be left in peace then concentrate on living close to the dead bodies of seals.

The dive ended up around the remains of Mistley where there was nothing 'obvious' poking out from the debris, every year we do pick up various bits of scrap when the winter tides have broken things up a bit and of course the same applies to Yewglen but today no luck, so it was time to head up the slope and swimming along the shallower water to the exit point. With the weather being grotty it is safer to minimise the walk back to the car over the rocks which are covered with a dark black lichen which turns to ice in wet conditions.

Another nice dip recorded and whilst it may have all gone to rat-shit by the weekend of 10th August for shore diving it is most certainly worthwhile to take a boat out to the Farnes as the vis there should remain reasonable until we get a real storm, which touch wood won't be for a while!

Weight this dive - 1.5 kg

Weight this year - 329.3 kg

 

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