WARNING! Don't look if you're squeamish of shell fish and the like.
We went out diving this morning with Dan. Lloyd was safety boatman and Dan and I dived.
First dive was a scallop dive. These are pretty boring dives as scallops like a sandy bottom, so there's never much to see and you spend all your time rummaging around in the sand. However, after 50 minutes we got our quota ( well I reckon Dan got about 2/3rds of it) I was also freezing. A 2mm swimming wetsuit is still a little too thin for spring diving!
You are allowed 20 scallops per diver and 20 for the boat person. They also have to be of a specific size, so we have a measurer thingy.
Dan and Lloyd ate 2 each raw, sashimi style.
It was a stunning day. The water was flat as a pancake and it was lovely and sunny.
The second dive was MUCH more interesting. It was a forest of kelp with drop offs, loads of nooks and crannies - perfect for crayfish. On a crayfish dive I am the bag handler and Dan is the catcher. This is
mainly purely because I am rubbish at catching them, but I make a right good bag holder upper!
Dan got a huge cray within seconds of us dropping down. By fluke we had found the most amazing spot, which will forever be the three of us's ( yeah that's a word!) secret.
We saw lots of sting rays as well.
We got three more very quickly but they all had eggs so you put them back. After that we found a few crevices that were absolutely packed with cray fish, but a lot of them were too small so we didn't even try to get them.
Eventually after a lot of scooting around in the kelp - it was such a great dive - Dan found one more. So that meant there was one each. Yippee!
It's a real feeling of satisfaction actually collecting your own food like this. It makes it even more special.
And by lunch time we were home.
Kit you need to catch dinner!