Midweek Evening Dive on the Blae Rock near Burntisland

With a few days of calm weather and high water slack just two hours away eight divers arrived at the Dive Bunker just after 6pm after setting up our kit on Mark’s newest Boat (Every time I visit him he has a bigger Rib this one with a wheel house, music and heating! after walking across to the slip we jumped into the Boat and headed out to the Blae Rock which stretches for about 1 mile North to South between Inchkeith Island and Burntisland. the Top of the Rock is about 9 metres and slopes gently to the East and there are 50 metre walls to the west for the more adventurous.

I have dived the Blae rock several times over the years, the visibility can vary from 2 metres to 6 metres and I hoped the Works with the new Forth Road Bridge hadn’t impacted on the visibility, with the flood tide we hopefully would get clean water from the North Sea.  After a briefing from Mark and dropping into the water just up from the shot we headed down to the Rock heading north west west Colin and I floated over the beds of Brittle Stars dispersed with the occasional Edible Crab hiding in a Patch of Sand or standing defiantly on the top of a rock.  The shear density of the life on this rock is quite unique I haven’t seen anything similar,  the main attraction is the variety and colours of Anemones is amazing I have included some photos below, as we were diving the current started to change and we found several 1-2 metre reefs which took us round to the scree Slope Mark had described and moving away from the rock the currents started to kick in and we started to drift onto the flat bottom. We decided to swim back to the rock and head back up from 20 metres to the top of the rock.

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After deploying a delayed Surface Marker Buoy we head to the surface for a final surprise – Sunset over Burntisland – Awesome!  After chatting on the the boat enjoying the last rays of the setting sun we head back to port. Thanks to Mark and his team for an enjoyable nights diving.

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