Baltimore, Ireland - August 2003


We'd hoped to go to Ireland for ages and thanks to Craig, who made all the arrangements superbly, we (Craig, Catherine, Dawn and I) finally did. We chose Baltimore as it is well protected and offers a choice of wrecks and scenic dives. Given the wind we had diving in other parts of Southern Ireland may not have been possible. The wildlife was worth the diving, despite the fact that not everyone became at one with the excellent kelp in the shallows... We dived with Rianne and Gerry at Aquaventures and would thoroughly recommend then as good people to dive with. They even lent us an Oxygen kit for our shore dive.

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Two interesting slug fall out and head in opposite directions
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A hitch hiker on a glove
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Pink anemone
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Now you see it now you don't
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A low lying anemone amongst the cup corals
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Anemones over encrusting byzoans and sponge
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Lightbulb tunicate all alone
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A couple of velvet swimmer crabs caught eloping
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Tiny slugs all over the place!
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Yes I saw 2
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Dogfish
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Baltimore - a very well protected harbour
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Dawn inspects part of the wreck of the Asian near the Stags
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Another sneaky slug trying to hide
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Best slug of the trip - like a blob of a starry sky
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A mermaids purse - source of more dogfish
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The luxurious Aquaventures complex - just round the corner from the quay
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Red fingers!
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A  close up of polyps on Red Fingers soft coral
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The more usual colour Dead mens fingers - with the interior of the clear polyps visible
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Yellow tipped slug ahoy!
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This flat fish thought it was invisible...
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The beacon monument marks the West side of the channel between mainland Ireland and Sherkin island
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A butterfish rearing up to protect its urchin
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Anemones on the Mystique
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Look out its the anemone inspector!
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Aggravated butterfish between the planks of the Mystique
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Tentacle tangle
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Plumose display
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The Anemone inspector is very thorough
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The Mystique was a trawler sunk on purpose as a sheltered wreck
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The beacon at sunset
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Rob Spray.