Today’s dive felt just like old times as my best buddy LP and I headed for our old underwater stomping grounds, Blairgowrie Pier.
At just 10 degrees Celcius (50F), the water was colder than last week, and a moderate current made photography a little difficult. Call me crazy, but that STILL doesn’t seem to me a good enough reason to stay on dry land 😛 The cold water – and the fact that I don’t yet own a drysuit to keep me warmer! – means that our dives at this time of year are a bit shorter than usual (around 70 mins rather than 100 …).
Hunting for the nudibranchs that Blairgowrie is famous for is just like treasure hunting! We found 8 or 9 different kinds of nudibranch. ‘Nudis’ are essentially decorative sea slugs with no shell (‘nude’) and naked gills (or ‘branches’) on the back. They also have distinctive looking rhinophores that look like antennas on the tops of their heads.
Due to the underwater conditions, my photos from today aren’t fantastic so I’m not able to show you everything we saw; but if you look under the ‘Photos’ tab on my blog, you’ll find a whole gallery of some much better, super-colourful nudibranch pictures.There are over 4,500 different types of nudibranch, and they can come in the most amazing colours. In terms of size, they range from nearly microscopic to several inches long.
The water will only get colder over the next month or so, but given my OCD (‘Obsessive Compulsive Diving’), that usually isn’t enough to keep me out of the water. Please stay tuned for the continuing adventures of one semi-frozen Dive Diva 😛
In the meantime, please check out some more of my dive photos and videos uploaded on this site (right now, my favourite video is under the post ‘This is Bliss!’, filmed a couple of weekends ago – I really hope you enjoy it! 🙂 )
Love and bubbles,