Baltimore, Ireland - August 2003


We'd hope 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 was well protected and offer a choice of wrecks and scenic dives. Given the wind we had diving on 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 recommend then as good people to dive with. They even lent us an Oxygen kit for our shore dive.

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You can see the angled beds of rock which make the terrain interesting underwater
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With a bit more sun we might have taken a dip in this crystal clear 3m deep rock pool
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The anemone family
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Devonshire cup corals - waving
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The two slugs from the start patch up their relationship
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Two slugs out for a walk (well thay have got one foot each)
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Jewel anemones
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A flabellina nudibranch
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A whopping crayfish!
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Docile dogfish sometimes accept being picked up
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Out for a walk in the kelp forest
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Another slug at top speed
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Get out of my hole!
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Lough Ine - Where Trevor Norton (who visited us last year) conducted his studies
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Edible crab saving an anemone for lunch
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Feather stars
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A velvet crab on the lookout
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Another colourway of anemone
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Cup corals and friends
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Best picture of the best slug of the trip - he's so spikey!
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Lime flavoured cup coral
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Prawn! Apparently they hang around with congers...
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Sponge
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Slug on the move
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This slug was the most difficult to spot
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We did eventually find some prawns with a conger but those pictures weren't as good as this
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A squat lobster with hairy arms
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Murphy's Cove - site for a shore dive on the last dive day
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Probably the best vis of the week
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Another dozing dogfish
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The weeks best dogfish
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Baltimore Harbour
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Rob Spray.