Diary

Second time in and the viz is not really any better

The topside conditions were lovely and to be honest things 'looked' ok, so I thought, yup lets try again!

But was it any better at the south side of Beadnell Point, well here are the nuts and bolts!

The vis was poor, very poor at 2m occasionally 3m

Oh and it was cold, I always reckon that the North Sea is at its minimum about now and it felt it!

Walking along to the concrete culvert I mused over a acquaintance who asked if the vis was 6m....more like 6ft but if you regularly dive on the West Coast of Scotland you can be a lulled into a little false sense of security regards typical UK dive conditions around the Northumberland Coast, where we have no sea lochs, or should that be lakes, which are generally positioned so as not be be battered by winter storms.

I was diving around low water slack, well more accurately just as it had started to flood and although there was fresh water coming in there was a bit of 'wishy-washy' in the top meter or two down to the wind swell, this had, unfortunately had the effect of blowing silt from the top of the kelp reducing vis in the general area but in for a penny in for a pound and I continued down to see what I could make out from the wreckage site of ST Mistily......

Well the wreckage has been scoured out a little more and the thin layer of sand that was on the rock sea-bed has been blown away over the winter so that we are, generally, down to bare rock, which should be useful in the summer months if I am in with any new starters or trainees as there will be no crap to kick up! Now the wreck hasn't seen any big changes, the tangle of metal that was the cabin area has been shifted a few yards southerly but that is about all, oh and don't think that this tangle is anything to write home about, its a matrix of metal with a footprint of say three meters square and standing proud of the wreck by maybe two feet in some places.

In common with most early dives there were quite a few lost fishing weights about so in my rather short dive I was regularly picking up one or two and expect to find even more when conditions improve, but despite looking in the usual spaces and places I failed to spot any nesting lumpsuckers, although I am sure that if they are not here yet they will not be far away. My 'go to' spot is an old piece of shipwreck, probably a capstan and it normally has a fish inside but not yet in 2021.

As well as a lack of lumpsuckers there was a lack of most things! Sure a few nudibranch and even egg ribbons but only the little Polycera rather than any Sea Hares, which tend to show later in the season, the rock fissures held the usual mix of velvet swimming crabs, spider and hermit crabs but they were all pretty wracked off with the water which had a fine suspension, again silt dusted from the top of the kelp.

Having worked along the reef I decided enough was enough after just over half an hour and made to get out, that is the joy of spring diving in Northumberland, two or three dips per fill make diving cheap and easy.

Not long now until the hordes descend and hopefully I can get the usual spots cleaned out before the 12th April, if you are waiting for your dive fix, not long now and when you get back...................

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 10.9 kg

Weight this year - 12.7 kg

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