Dive report for Plymouth August 27th 2023
A ‘silly o’clock’ early start from Bristol for 6 divers, (Pete, Steve, Geoff, David, Roxana & Jason) along with Rob who kindly offered to be a non diving cox for the day, to meet up in Plymouth at 8:30 to get the club boat from the compound ready & loaded for diving.
Steve & David, Pete & Jason, Geoff & Roxana were to be the buddy pairs for the day.
The dive plan was agreed to see what delights the breakwater fort could offer for the first dive. This is considered by many to be a last resort dive when all other options are not available. Geoff’s impressions:-
How wrong they could be!
Every nook & cranny was full of life, squat lobsters, shrimps, loads of tompot blennies protecting their territories, crabs, & conger eels in almost every pipe of the right size.
Following a line which looked like it would lead to something of interest took us to a massive tubular framework covered in pink sea fans, dead men’s fingers & even a large patch of jewel anemones!
On our way back to the fort we spotted a Leach’s spider crab sheltering in a snakelocks anemone, a critter that I had not seen before. It certainly was very well camouflaged. All-in: 60 minutes of really enjoyable diving.
Back to Mountbatten for lunch, then decision time for the second dive of the day.
As the weather had gotten a bit squally, we decided to go back to the fort to sample the delights again, which didn’t disappoint with a cuttlefish joining us on this 45 minute dive!
I just hope that Roxana & Jason enjoyed their first saltwater dives in the UK as much as I did!