|RSPB photo of puffins|
|Mull of Kintyre in the distance|
The gannets have started to return from their winter home in West Africa. They breed here. There are only a percentage of them here so far. They are beautiful and large birds! The chatter they make when on land was part of the background music for the day. The other sounds were the snorts and songs of a colony of grey seals. We disturbed this small juvenile group on the east side of the island. Mostly young and curious, they stayed near us . . . but not too near the entire day.
It was really delightful to be diving on the east side of the island and have a grey seal just pop down to have a look at what we were doing. The ONLY time during the entire day I had handed my camera across to my dive buddy (so he could take a photo of me) was the exact time when a seal came down to see what we were up to. Missed photo op!
|me - with a seal just out of shot|
|HMS Duke of Edinburgh|
|ribs of the HMS Duke of Edinburgh|
|Dead men's fingers|
|FAT dead men's fingers|
|Sun star on the former hull of the wreck|
|Plumose anemone on the rib of the wreck|
There was also a big shoal of pollock at about 8 meters. I think this particular shoal was the reason so many seals were around.
It was a glorious day of diving. It proves again that a good day's diving on the west coast of Scotland can stand up to any dive site anywhere else in the world. Okay, so the water is cold but it is full of life!