Finally!! With the weather being utter pants the last three weeks, it was so good to jump back in at St Abbs. Everyone else must agree because come 9am all the boats from St Abbs and Eyemouth converged on Black Carr for a free for all!
|Boats all over Black Carr like stink on a monkey|
We caught the tide just on the ebb so swam out the back of the Carr and headed East to get a little depth and pick up the wall and anchor. None of the usual lump suckers hanging around and a lot of the wolfies were not in their usual holes but we did get a surprise visitor.
|Octupus giving us the fingers. Or tentacles|
I got a little video footage as well but I apologise in advance as my rig was set up for stills and I just quickly flicked to video mode as I didn't want to mess with settings in case she decided to disappear. And as usual the white-outs are from Elaines strobes.
And here's some more shots of her in all her glory.
I must admit that we did predict wolfies, octopus and angler fish for the dive so two out of three ain't bad. We bimbled on in and out of the swim throughs and picked up some nice scenic shots with plenty of nudibranchs and prawns scattered over the corals.
|Lovely nudis sprinkled generously all over the Carr|
|Not to mention the pink prawns|
|Like a mill pond inside and outside the harbour|
The Dahlia anemones where out in a riot of colours and I haven't seen the Skellies looking this nice for a good long time. I mean they always look good but I think they made an extra special effort for us today.
|Lovely, lovely colours|
|More beautiful colours|
|And this cheeky tyke popped out behind me when I wasn't looking|
The Skellies weren't particularly bustling with marine life this dive, the odd hermit, edible crab, lobster, couple of wolfies, shoal of pollock, but even if you don't see a lot of marine life it's still a stonking dive just for the scenery alone.
I know it seems like we only dive Black Carr and the Skellies lately but we go where we know we're going to get the best conditions. No point jumping on a site where the viz and conditions are going to be crap. When the weather gets going, the other dive sites will open up.
|Elaine, looking smug, because she found an octopus|
Lesson for the day; when the winds starts running at 24 knots, you hang on to your bloody cup of tea!