Southwold Slugfest June05


After our serious 'study' on the submarine we were out again on Sunday to dive the Mascotte and 'Ammo Wreck'. Sadly for fans of twisted metal I went slug hunting and ignored the wreck - typical! Many thanks to Dave and Ken for grown up boating duties.

This may not look like much but apparently its irresistable - to slugs...<br>
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This is a Janolus Cristatus nudibranch. There were lots off Weybourne last year.
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This one is a a Coryphella Lineata - as you can see it likes hydroids too.
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Like watching a lion bring down an antelope isn't it?
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The lobster in the boiler doesn't have much interest in slugs
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You wait all day for one and then two come along at once!
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This really is a a big one of these, but if divers started taking hydroids they could become endangered...
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The dark lines up its cerata are apparently digestive glands
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As you can see the slugs can get frenzied!
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Much of the surface of wrecks is covered with small anemones. From a distance without a torch they don't show up much.
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Like the hydrois they blend in with the silty growth on the metalwork until you light them up
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Had to include this one - you can see its Mohawk crest (called a caruncle!)
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If you were Mrs slug you'd be delighted if Interfauna delivered a bunch of these
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The anemones aren't so picky, they just grab whatever goes by
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The second shift get ready to replace us
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Our company for the dive Cambridge BSAC and one of those flashy new PADI dive boats in the background
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Rob Spray.