Yup - Scimitar Diving can always be relied upon for a great day's diving - I had a lovely day
I was up early, and being such a nice mornign, i thought I would sneak out for a quick 2km before I set off. Halfway round, I had to stop to assist 8 little ducklings whose legs were too shoort to hop up the kerb and follow mum... As they were in the middle of the road, on a blind corner, I didn't want them to get squished. That is sure to get me into heaven, if there is one
With the car loaded I set off, allowing plenty of time to sort my kit out when I was there. On the M27, the signs were saying ' A31 closed after A348'.
I have no idea where the A348 is, and with no-one in the car to read a map that I don't have anyway, my heart sank. I missed the M2 a year or so ago becasue I'd been stuck in traffic. Oh well - I resigned myself to a 200 mile round trip with nothing to show for it and plodded on. Then I found out where the A348 is - just where the road goe from dual carriageway to single carriageway. The detour took about 20 minutes extra, but I finally arrived at Scimitar shortly after 11. Phew. plenty of time to fettle and even have a cup of tea.
With a full boat of 12, we set off round to the M2. Rumour had it that it would be busy, but when we arrived, we found just 2 other boats - one of F&B's ribs, and Skin Deeper. Once all their divers were in, we started. Ross went first, and as Trimixer and I were ready, we went in straight after. Our paln was - sraight down, bubble check at 5m, and if we lost each other, carry on, as we are both ok with solo diving and solo ascents. I started descending and waited at 5m.... and waited..... I looke dup, could see no diver above me, and waited a bit longer, then as a diver came up the line, i decided I wouldn't wait any longer - others would be jumping in, and i didn't want to hold anyone else up.
More divers came up as I went down the line, and at one point, I did wonder whether it would be just Ross and me on the wreck. The shot was tied in - just as well, really, given the number of divers who were hanging off it! The vis wasn't brilliant, but it was OK. It was more-or-less what I expceted. Green, and about 2-3m, more in some places. I found heaps and heaps of nudibranchs, tom-pots, and crabs. Many of the anemone seemed to be ready to spawn, and there were plenty of what looked like eggs from one creature or another - certainly the telltale spiral of nudibranch eggs were easy to spot!
After about 30 mins, the water trickling in though my dump valve was starting to make me really cold, so up went the dsmb, and I was soon back on the boat. There was my errant buddy, who'd managed to make his way to the wreck and dived without me.
We went back to Portland, enjoyed the obligitory post-dive tea and a natter and agreed it was a lovely dive.
Thanks to everyone on the boat - some YD lurkers, apparently
I took a couple of pics.....
Eggs - parents unknown
Nudibranch family portrait
There was loads of bits in the water, so the pics aren't great.