Lyme Bay - June 04


It seemed like no time at all since our visit in October last year and it was very clear why Steve had set up another trip. The weather was glorious and the ice cream was excellent. We added the St Dunstan and Gibel Hamam to our log books as well as squeezing in another dive on the Bagitano and a drift along the Tesco ledges. I think the vis was better than last year and John Walker, the skipper of Miss Pattie, was just as helpful. Many, many thanks to Steve for setting the trip up, entirely hassle free - apart from David's kit decomposing! As usual click on the first thumbnail and then 'next preview' to step through the whole gallery. I think I may have overdone the Jewel Anemone pictures but hang on for the cuttlefish.

The Roman style toilet bench at the back of Miss Pattie was very popular just before dives
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The St Dunstan was covered in Jewel anemones
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The colonies are made up of single colours - they don't like to mix
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Aren't they cute?
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More jewel anemones
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They look very different under a white light
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Plumose anemones seem very dull in comparison
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The Bib around the wreck were out in force
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Dawn near the engine of the Bagitano
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The shot is often dropped near the two boilers
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Vivid orange fan worm
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Like shaggy mushrooms aren't they?
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A Flabellina nudibranch
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The polyps on a Dead Mans Finger
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They're like minature, glassy anemones
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These often look to be a delicate blue until you replace the ambient light
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Dead Mans Finger
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Dawn's new gloves make all her signals much easier to understand
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It was the sunniest weekend of the year so far
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Sarah fell asleep guarding her kit from air thieves
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The spiralling filaments of fan worms
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Fanworms
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These little brown anemones looked liked they'd be more exciting under strobe light
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These tiny worms were speckled amongst the sponges
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There were a good few Tompot Blennies on each site
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Candy Striped Flatworms outnumbered nudibranches
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We met up with Craig's cuttlefish from last year
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He looked a bit sad
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and wouldn't play for us
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At leat he didn't just bolt
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This was a very sleepy dogfish
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Who knew Rock Cooks had pearly teeth?
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A velvet crab doing a wheely!
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Leopard Spotted Goby
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A spider crab's face
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Best nudibrach of the weekend - Limacia clavigera - I think
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Rob Spray.