It’s a long trip north from Hampshire to the Sound of Mull, but whilst the water is cold the diving is gold. The Sound and the islands lying just outside the northern entrance are a feast for both scenic and wreck divers alike, so everyone is destined to go home happy. Staying in Tobermory makes the island even more accessible, and besides, the drive across Mull provides a chance to glimpse the beautiful scenery that surrounds the Sound of Mull.
The last couple of days came far too quickly which was an awful shame but I had had a brilliant time! I had seen some incredible species during this trip but one that was really quite peculiar was the Bobbit Worm (Eunice aphroditois) it hides under sand and when a fish passes over its whisker like structures it launches up and pierces the body of its prey dragging it down under the sea floor to be devoured. Its body can be over a meter long and its truly a prehistoric looking beast.
As the days continued I discovered more and more fascinating species like the Flamboyant Cuttlefish and the Mantis Shrimp. These species were so alien compared to what I was used too I had a childlike joy at finding and photographing them.
Entering the water for the first time in the Lembeh Straights can be something of a surprise. You won't fine the pristine clean sands on Egypt, but you will find amongst the discarded refuse of the local port of Bitung an outstanding array of amazing wildlife. A macro photographers wonderland!
Lembeh Straights is a mecca for macro photographers. Buried in the centre of the area of biodiversity that is Indonesia, it offers an amazing array of underwater life. From a incredible array of nudibranchs in all shapes and sizes to frogfish, and from pygmy seahorses to shrimps of all types, there is something for everyone with a camera or a magnifying glass.
It's the first of the month and a great day for diving under Swanage Pier to look for all the small things that can be found.