UK Diving » The Vera, just off Cley next the Sea

The Vera lies only a few miles from the Rosalie, our favourite wreck, but is even closer to shore. Very similar in many ways we were delighted to find that it was an excellent dive after the high tide and covered with life. Our quarry this time were the snake pipefish which had turned out in large numbers. We've rushed these pictures to web so some could do with a little polishing, we hope you don't mind.

A small white Plumose anemone - Metridium senile
An evil looking 5cm isopod - Idotea linearis
A broad clawed porcelain crab - Porcellana platycheles. Related to the ones seen in SE Asia
Skeleton shrimps on yellow staghorn sponge - Axinella dissimilis
Where's Wally the pipefish?
Common prawn - Palaemon serratus - out for a walk
Even the Velvet Swimming crabs - Necora puber - had found a pipefish
A less than yellow Sea lemon - Archidoris pseudoargus
Sponge or scorpion spider crab - Inachus spp.
Another Isodotea linearis
Inachus spp. with a club sea squirt - Morchellium argus - an odd couple
Flabellina Pedata - the violet sea slug - between some sea quirts and a peacock worm
Flabellina Pedata - the violet sea slug
Another Inachus spp. with lovely red eyes
Two shore crabs - Carcinus maenas - watching the sun go down
The main reason for our survey, Entelurus aequoreus - the snake pipefish
Entelurus aequoreus - the snake pipefish, nice hat!
The long spined sea scorpion - Taurulus bubalis, blending in
Hermit crab - Pagarus spp. - out for a walk on the sand!
An edible crab - Cancer pagurus
A heavily encrusted shore crab - Carcinus maenas
A wacky little amphipod climbing a peacock worm - Sabella pavonina
What lovely eyes the common lobster - Homarus gammarus - has
A snake pipefish again - Entelurus aequoreus
A snake pipefish - Entelurus aequoreus - playing hide and seek
A snake pipefish - Entelurus aequoreus - posing for the camera
Coryphella lineata - no common name I'm afraid
What a great handlebar moustache
Inside the wreck the Peacock worms - Sabella pavonina - were more than 5cm across, outside they ranged from 0.5-4cm
Inside the wreck the Peacock worms - Sabella pavonina - were more than 5cm across, outside they ranged from 0.5-4cm. Note cynical reuse of caption.
Shore crab - Carcinus maenas - weighed down with passengers.
A peacock worm - Sabella pavonina - out on the seabed

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