Sun Star. St. Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve.
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Scuba Diving. Scuba Diving.
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Dahlia Anemone.

Deeper Water

Introduction

Introduction
Diversity & Visibility
The Kelp Forest
Down to 15 metres
The Tide Exposed Zone
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Shore Diving

Shore Diving at St. Abbs
Wreck of the Odense

Boat Diving

Boat Diving
Wreck of the Alfred Erlandsen
Wreck of the Glanmire

General Information

Air & Information
Map of St. Abbs Head Coastline
Map of St. Abbs Harbour Coastline
Wolf-fish Survey

At about 25m the ground starts to level off and soft corals thin out. In some years many ling (an elongated member of the cod family) will move inshore and this zone is a good place to spot them. This is also the best area to find Wolf-fish - the fish that just about all divers visiting the Marine Reserve wish to see. Mature fish are thick and powerful and with a huge head, permanently projecting front teeth and an unusual blue colouration, they cannot be mistaken for any other fish. In excess of a metre long, the Wolf-fish feeds on crabs and sea urchins which it grinds up with masses of molar type teeth which line its jaws. Despite its formidable appearance, it is quite shy and retiring and almost invariably disappears down a hole as a diver approaches.

Brittle star numbers now increase dramatically and by the time you get to 28m they can totally dominate the bottom. Piled several deep - some yellow, some black but the majority grey with red bands - there are acres of these animals which form a living, moving carpet making an eerie sight as countless millions of waving arms writhe in the current. The only thing that interrupts them are the occasional deep water anemone which can be up to 30 cms diameter and in a range of the most amazing colours.

Diving within the Marine Reserve can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Not surprisingly, divers come from all over the UK and increasingly from mainland Europe to enjoy what must surely be some of the most spectacular yet least known wildlife habitats in the country.

Text and Images by Jim Greenfield.


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Ling.

Ling.

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Dahlia Anemone.

Dahlia Anemone.

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