On Sunday, 7 UBUCsters headed down to Babbacombe bay in Devon for some autumn diving. For two of us it was our first dive in UK water and safe to say it was not the temperature or visibility of the tropics but still an amazing experience to see below the waves on our home coastline.

Along with some sports diver training, a variety of marine life was spotted including some angry velvet swimming crabs, edible crab shell, bib, spotted golbie, ballan wrasse and lobsters! Which gave Ollie the opportunity to try out the new lights on his underwater camera. The local lone grumpy seal was also glimpsed across the bay.

It was however shocking to see so many discarded fishing lines and hooks tangled in and around seaweed which made it near impossible to cut away on this dive. Maybe this could be a mission for the next dive trip to Babbacombe…

After one or two dives each the wind picked up and visibility decreased so it was time to dry off and warm up in the local pub with a Sunday carvery- an unexpected bonus to a beautiful day on the coast!

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