Rozi and Jellies

We dived at Cirkewwa point again today. There was more wind and it had swung round into the North West. This meant there was a bit of swell, but nothing too challenging. After an easy entry and a swim to the North, Trev and I took a bearing on the Rozi wreck buoy and descended. The Rozi wreck was very easy to find- I could see the bubble trails of the group of divers almost straight away. Rozi is intact, upright and surrounded by a shoal of small fish. After a few shots of the whole wreck, I swam around the bow and discovered a moray being cleaned by a shrimp. However, the shrimp was on the wrong side of the fish, but this did not stop me racking up some deco.

After finally leaving the wreck, we swam along the edge of the reef under a large group of fried egg jellyfish (Cothyloriza tuberculata). These large jellyfish had been swept in by the wind and were surrounded by shoals of fish. After spending some time with these, our empty tanks forced us to return to the shore.







Finding our feet at Cirkewwa Point

The first day of our trip to Malta has gone well. Cirkewwa is a peninsula on the Northern end of Malta, complete with a busy ferry terminal, carrying cars and passengers to nearby Gozo. Looking at the aerial view on Google Earth was not especially inspiring, but the site came highly recommended. I was impressed as we arrived, as there is a “divers only” slip road, complete with parking. It’s the only place I’ve been with free parking, reserved for divers only (you put your cert card in the car window).

Steps provide an easy entry to a very pleasant reef. There are two wrecks within swimming distance, but for the first dip, we stayed with the reef to get the lie of the land. With excellent visibility, shoals of fish, caves and swim throughs, there was plenty to keep us interested.





I have the honour of giving a photo talk

Next week, I am giving a talk to Leek Photographic Club and I’m really pleased to be invited again to a camera club to talk about underwater photography. I hope that I can dispel a few misconceptions and show everyone the variety and beauty of the wildlife around UK shores.

Reviewing my most recent work I realise several things. The first is that I am really looking forward to getting back in the water in earnest, after my accident. The second thing I have appreciated is the number of different places I have been within the UK to go underwater shooting. It’s been such enjoyment with so many good friends and, even though there are subjects I tend to shoot over and over again, I have never lost that thrill in getting in the water, wondering what I will see this time…

I only hope Leek Photographers are ready for a whole evening of me talking about my photos!