Slight Ebb tide, more noticeable under the pier. Lot of encounters with Bull Rays - hunting around in the sea grass on each side of the pier. Lots of Juvenile Leatherjackets, quite a few young Squid as well. Kirsty found a Pygmi Leatherjacket. Another day of great visibility. The piles for the new pier have reached the shore, so I guess this site will be closed soon. A few Spider Crabs were found hiding in an old tyre. They're pretty lethargic so far - nowhere near as active as they will get once they start aggregating at Rye.
I'm trying out a new mount I've made for the camera. I can now use two hands to keep it steady, and also use lights. I'm currently using Kirsty and Amelia's Intovatec wide angle zoom torches, which work well for my needs. Taking the zoom lense off the torch turns them into an extremely wide angle light source, although it does make the light less bright. The new mount will take a bit of getting used to, but I hope it will result in better images...
Before the dive, we met up with Phil, who I know from Astronomy. He dives with the BSAC club.
Divers: Peter Batchelor, Kirsty Batchelor.
Weather/Sea: Light winds, slight sea.
visibility: 8-10 metres.
Water temperature: 16°C.
Maximum depth: 4.9 metres.
Time of entry: 14:35.
Duration: 50 minutes.