We came down to look for the Spider Crabs, but they're not there yet.

We went off to the East of the pier and explored the remains of an old wooden-hulled boat that lies in a couple of metres of water. Lots of life there, including a Cuttlefish hiding under the hull. We came across a flat worm that looks a bit like a string of eggs. We watched it disappear into a tube in the sand.

The last time I saw one of these was when I took the photos below on a night dive at Rye Pier in the 1980s.

Worm Rye Pier, November 1982

Worm 2 Rye Pier, November 1982

Divers: Peter Batchelor, Kirsty Batchelor.

Weather/Sea: Calm.
visibility: 5-6 metres.
Water temperature: 16°C.
Maximum depth: 3.4 metres.
Time of entry: 13:35.
Duration: 70 minutes.

 

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