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Just got back from a cracking dive off Scimitar out of Portland. 8m vis, a cold 10 degress and not a lot of large anything to photograph but I had a lovely 49 minute dive 1st in last out and fingers had stopped working by the time I got back on the boat. Took me so long to get warm again that I decided to skip the 2nd dive but still lovely to be out on and in the water.
A few photographic efforts from the dive.
Evidence of Nudis although I didn'tfind any.


Small edible crab hiding under a snakelock


Burrowing anemone, edit, seems I was wrong and it's a sea cucumber, thanks Jane :D


and 2 shots that I'm most pleased with


 

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Dive tart, just can't say no :-)
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Nice photos. Definitely better to be inshore around here at the moment.

How far from actual Durdle Door (Der der der :D) where you (East?/West? and obviously South)?
Dropped down just to the east of the arch, in 50 minutes I travelled about 80 metres further east. Everyone else managed closer to half a mile :D
 

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Excellent photos Pete, I can see me picking your brain for usefull hints and tips on the Gozo trip :)
 

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Really nice shot of hte Sea cucumber tentacles, I love shots like that. :thumbs_up:

It was great wasnt it? We were on Swanage diver and turned up as you lot were coming out.
I must say it was chuffing cold, the ride out being the worst of it, the dive bearable but hte surface interval just freezing, so I canned the 2nd dive too.

I saw a big squid in the open water, proper like - all silvery blue with big conscious eyes and wavy skirts, just lazing away. Beautiful.
Also a big long sea horsething, but not a sea horse. Very nice.

The big rocks away from the reef are smothered in sponges of all sorts and colours and seasquirts and seapens, with good amounts of fish and crabs hiding in the holes.
just a shame the vis wasnt what it might have been.

I got back ont he boat thinking "Pee Bee would love it here, must ask if he's done it"

Cheers
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Edit, I think the Nudi's have all died. They were laying 2 weeks ago or so, so they're probably all crab meat by now.
 

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Edit, I think the Nudi's have all died. They were laying 2 weeks ago or so, so they're probably all crab meat by now.
I found one Nudi last night under Selsey pier, some of the other guys said they saw loads but the only one I saw was a minute flabellina less than half an inch long and just as I'd got the focus and exposure right the little begger got nocked of his perch by the surge and fell down a crack :D
 

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Yes, thats the chap. Greater banded pipefish or something, well about a foot long anyway.

And before we all panic and run around with our heads in our hands, not ALL the nudi's have died obviously, that'd be terrible.
Just the Sea Lemon variety, who's babys will doubtless all be hatching out soon.
 
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