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Juneathon Day 2 – diving Eddystone lighthouse

June 2, 2013

Having rounded off yesterdays diving with an excellent BBQ and a few glasses of wine we retired to our respective accommodations at Fort Bovisand to sleep and dream of calm seas, sunny skies and 30m visibility.

Craig waiting to be picked up by the boat.  Eddystone Lighthouse in the background

Craig waiting to be picked up by the boat. Eddystone Lighthouse in the background

We awoke to two out of three, which for UK diving I consider to be a huge bonus.  Today we had planned to be ambitious and head out to Hand Deeps and Eddystone Lighthouse, which are about 12 miles off the coast.  Unsurprisingly, where there is a lighthouse there is usually strong currents and treacherous rocks.  That tends to mean that it is rare that a dive here is less than challenging.Having chugged out from Bovisand for 45 min to get to Hand Deeps we dropped in a shot line, which was accompanied by cries of ‘Oh boy, I can see for miles down that line’.  Considering yesterdays visibility was 2-3m, we weren’t expecting wonders.  So, we dutifully kitted up and plop into the water.

Anemones at Hand Deeps, there were whole walls covered in these

Anemones at Hand Deeps, there were whole walls covered in these

Everything was fine down to about 12m and then the snot closed in again.  Despite this you could see that the walls of the reef were covered in life, with huge patches of brightly coloured jewel anemones.  I did my best to get some photos, but as you can see they are still a little snotty despite getting really close up.

Eddystone was also similarly snotty and unfortunately very kelpy to Craig and I left sooner than I would normally like.  I think that it was more impressive seen from the surface, but would have to come back on a day with better vis to really test that theory.

Anyway, I racked  up another 77 mins underwater, so Juneathon is still going strong. Now I just need to unpack and clean everything before my parents turn up to spend the night 🙂

Juneathon totals;

Scuba diving – 166 mins

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