The town of Swanage is blessed with a marvellous Victorian pier, which has been lovingly restored and, 100 years after its construction, remains a tourist attraction. Nowadays, the visitors are mostly interested in aquatic pursuits- fishing, kayaking and of course diving.
Swanage Pier is a classic South Coast dive. The superstructure of the pier provides lots of places for life to hide and so is crammed with small creatures. Swanage faces East (the pier points almost North-East) and so is very sheltered; however, this position also means that it tends to be quite silty, so to photograph any of these critters takes quite a bit of care. Still, the water’s shallow, so there’s plenty of time…..