Baltimore Bound - August 2005


Catherine organised our second trip to Ireland - and this time we got to dive in Lough (Loch) Ine (Hine, Hyne) at last. We weren't lucky with the sea conditions but we did get on to the Kowloon Bridge - Europe's biggest wreck. Many thanks to Rianne and Gerry at Aquaventures for the relaxed diving - 'Maximum dive time? Its your holiday'

Juicy compass jelly
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Jewel box overflowing
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Catherine about to brain Rob with an urchin
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Our dive boat...
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Ow! Get off my head!
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Ryan Air - economy class
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Rush hour in Baltimore
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Cup corals begging for food
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Pedata nudibranch on the way back from the hairdresser
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This cup coral is filled with jam
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Try as he might Rob cannot catch the speeding jelly
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Glowing haunted cup coral
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Pile of plumose
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Dawn, queen of the kelp
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Big hermit
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Pretty!
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Customised dahlia with cool flame paint job
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Gas ring or cup coral?
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A squadron of blue rayed limpets in formation
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A big bed of dahlias
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Even snot can be beautiful, close up
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Competing colonies of jewel anemones
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Vivid scene up at the kelp margin
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Nudibranch attack - nature in the gruesome raw!
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Why are these called black gobies?
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This murky snap shows how keen the conger was to get his photo taken
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These are related to dead mans fingers with no common name... Dead mens nubs?
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Everybody conger!
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Baltimore harbour - viewed from the so called castle which is a rip (3 to look round some rich gits living room)
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Horseshoe Bay on Sherkin
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Rob is finally persuaded to cover up
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Psychedelic shore crab
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One of the legendarily large Lough Ine lobsters (The only one we saw...)
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Sexy scallop prepares to chatter away
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Ruddy burrowing anemone
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Candy striped flatworm and friend
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Tiny sole, not enough for even half a fish finger
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Cup corals waving their gooey arms
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Prawn of death!
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Squat lobster squatting
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A golden Janolus nudibranch, a 24carat version of the ones we saw off Weybourne
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Nasty looking hermit crab with a cloak anemone that builds a growing shell and exudes sting pus... lovely!
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Squirts! With added guts too!
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Rob and David guard their valuables...
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Rob Spray.