Falmouth 19-21st July 2002


After his great trip down to Exmouth last year, Mike led us down South West again. Even further this time, down to Cornwall to dive both the south and north coasts, the weather Didn't let us get to the north. As your'll see from the pictures we had good vis and the wildlife, particularly anemones, was plentiful. In fact I may have overdone the anemones. The trip had perfect weather and Falmouth is an easy town to stay in and dive from, so loads of thanks to Mike for his considerable efforts in setting up the trip. As usual to see all the pictures and captions click on the first thumbnail and then 'next preview' to progress. Sorry about the annoying ads.

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Dawn and Karen relaxing over lunch on Patrice II
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Dawn putting on her suit VERY carefully after the zip was broken.
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Duncan rigs his wing
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Chris and Mike share a joke
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A sand mason waiting for a meal
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Sand eels hanging around in the sun on the Hera
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Chris singing 'Bring me sunshine'
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I'm always tempted to include a few urchins...
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Argh! Its bloody Henry the starfish
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Not sure if this is a plant or an animal... I think its a hydroid
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A large Bart Simpson sponge
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A skinny, red close relative of dead mans fingers
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The usual white ones
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Ross coral
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A big, red ballan wrasse
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There's a lot of anemones, we start with a few jewels
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A spider crab as light relief from all the anemones
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Two small winged nudibranches, like sea hares, caught in the act
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Chris on the Hera
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Those Aplysia punctata, still going for it
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This is a kind of sea cucumber, you can just see its tube body sticking out of the rock.
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Dawn looking for some space between the deadmens fingers
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Some bib resting under the Hera
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DMF, the soft coral of choice in UK seas
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A female cuckoo wrasse  makes a run for it - natural light
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Now under flash light showing its true colours
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Paul gets caught on some wreckage
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Fan corals
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The girders on the Hera covered in squidgey life
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One of the bigger, hard fan corals
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Chris swimming in the sun off Falmouth
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A male cuckoo wrasse
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Chris to get back onto Patrice II, ladder steps slightly too narrow.
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The Old Customs House Quay Falmouth
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The Sedov, the largest tall ship in the world, visiting Falmouth at the same time as us
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Falmouth beach at twilight
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Seals loafing on Black rock
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The anemone showroom, showing most of the available colours
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Pure white convoluted plumose anemone
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These red/orange ones appear green under natural light
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Rob Spray.