Lundy 2012

The adventure began from the harbour of Ilfracombe, cruising out into the Bristol Channel towards the marine conservation of Lundy Island. The boat for this weekend was the Obsession II, a brilliant vessel prepared well for the party of divers.

After a hairy mooring at low tide with a significant swell the group marched up the granite outcrop to the top of Lundy Island where the brilliant scenery of the secluded island could be fully appreciated. After preparing camp we made haste to the quaint Marisco Tavern for a flavour of Lundy’s very own Lamb and finest ales.

The weekend diving was to be situated off the east side of the island to provide protection against the prevailing winds from the Atlantic Ocean. This is the sheltered side of the island where the marine life is able to thrive in abundance. The first dive of the weekend was on the flattened wreck of the passenger and cargo steam ship of the Carmine Filomena. Ran aground in 1937 the flat steel plates and super structure provides home to a diverse ecosystem of corals and marine plant life.

Relatively shallow diving between 10m to 20m provided significant time at depth to explore in amongst the nooks and crannies for marine wildlife such as crabs, shrimps, sea cucumbers, wrasse and assorted small reef fish.

One of the highlights of the trip was to dive the “Knoll Pins”. The two pinnacles jutting out of the sea was home to one of the largest lobsters some of the divers had ever encountered. Scuttling out from its underwater lair the creature took stance presenting its phenomenal size and dominance. This beast of a lobster was well known by the Obsessions’ crew who allege it is over 80 years of age. Future divers beware!

The most popular dive shared by most of the party however was at Gannets’ bay to visit the Islands’ resident seal population. This has and will remain a favourite experience of mine, observing and interacting with these playful and charismatic animals. By paying less attention to the gentle sea dogs we appealed to their inquisitive nature.

As with all diving trips the time spent underwater is never enough, there is always more I want to see and always longer I want to stay under the waves.

Chris Burke, Sports diver

Sheffield Hallam University Sub Aqua Club

Updates

We've had a very successful intake this year, with around 20 new divers being trained and a hanful of divers who area already qualified joining.

We're off to the Farnes at the end of November to see the seals. Wish us luck!

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