Well I hit Sandycove today in the company of Scubacrazy ( Catriona to those in the know
). The viz was quite good at 5 - 6 mtrs and as we had nothing better in mind we just took off on a Northerly bearing to see what we could see.
As it turned out we didn't see much but it was nice all the same - an afternoon stroll sort of a dive. Anyhoos, every now and then we would see a darting in the sand as we approached. I had worked out from last weeks dive that these were the ever-elusive squat-lobsters. For some reason they are coming out of their dens and going for strolls themselves; but they shoot away when they see you comming.
Now for the last couple of years I have been trying to get a photo of these critters. Some of them are sand coloured and so very hard to see but another type ( different sex - James? - help ? ) is the most vibrant orange with deep blue eyes. How do I know this ? from standing on my head looking into crevices with my torch as the little bastards scurry away into the recesses in back of their hidy holes. Why on my head ? because these fellers like to hang upside down from the roof of their little caves.
As I say I have been tracking them assiduously for years now and never got a good photo op
Yes, one of them must have strayed too far from his (her?) hole and I cornered it against a rock - or the glare of my Darkbuster fried it's little leg-scuttling-neurons before it got a chance to get really goin'
So here it is - the rarest photo in the world ! ( well the little corner of it that constitutes my house anyway !
Ooops ! First pic is my equally colourful companion !