Snorkel Safari at Batten Bay

June 6th, 2011

The half term snorkel safari at Batten Bay was brilliant, we swam through loads of thongweed and then across a sandy seabed until we reached a rock ledge covered in massive kelp. The visibility was good and we took it in turns to duck dive (one up, one down!) to have a closer look at the seabed. Then we went further across towards Jennycliff and found another gulley and what looked like a pillar or piling sticking up to just below the water level covered in kelp and feathery hydroids. It turned out to be a buoy floating on the end of a rope. We followed the rope back and found … a shipwreck! (something big and metal anyway).
We didn’t see too many fish but Rishi found a jellyfish and Will saw something kick up the sand – probably a plaice or some other flatfish. Charlie also spotted at Spider Crab hiding in kelp.
For first time snorkelers, our group was brilliant, everyone had the basic skills really quickly and there was plenty of diving down.

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