With Blue Skies and Calm weather forecast Chris and I had an last minute opportunity for a midweek dive with David Ainsley on his boat the Porpoise II based on the Island of Esdale. David has been involved the campaign to keep the Firth of Lorn free of Scallop Dredgers and has been recording the recovery of the reefs and Sea bed over the last 7 years since the ban was enforced.
So we were treated to diving on a high energy dive site in the Sound of Luing and a group of three Bottle nosed dolphins who came to greet us as we jumped into the water – Amazing! The Slack window on this site was very brief and we descended quickly to 28 metres to find a Reef Covered in Elephants Ear Sponges, Oatan Pipes, Branched Hydroids, Jewel anemones and Pink variations of the Elegant anemones not seen closer to shore.
After spending a 7 minutes a depth we worked our way back up to the top of the Reef, keeping close to reduce the effect of the 2-3 knot currents and doing a horizontal rock technique not a dive for the inexperienced or faint hearted! Ducking Behind a large bolder we took a few moments to get some photos before deploying our shot and starting a drift dive, just a pity that the Visibility was only 4-5 metres otherwise this would be an excellent drift dive.
Thansk again to David and Jean for inviting us on this dive trip.