Up Temperate diving » Holland May 07 » Cuttlefish breeding by the Zeelandbrug Slideshow

The main reason we go diving in Holland is to see the cuttlefish breeding. Oddly we heard about this gathering before the similar one in Babbacombe in the UK. In Babbacombe a ring of traps is set by greedy local fishermen which catches the animals and prevents them breeding. This has reduced numbers horrendously and violates all sensible fishery practices. In Holland they are a great attraction, although there is angling, and egg laying 'tents' are setup to make the dark waters around the bridge more attractive to the cuttlefish. It is a very stark contrast. The dives around the bridge aren't trivial, it is very murky with vis often less than 1m and commensurately dark. The strong currents have claimed a number of victims. It is crucial to dive at slack and important, but hard, to keep your bearings. That done you can enjoy an amazing experience, at least until other divers are attracted by your lights - some things are the same whatever country you dive in.

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