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Scuba Diving in St Abbs, Scotland
Dive Site: Weasel Loch
Location: Eyemouth, Scotland
Description: Shore dive
Depth: 2 - 12 metres (6 - 40 feet)
Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)
By contrast to Pettico Wick, Weasel Loch is very popular with divers as it provides reasonably easy access to many dive sites as well as its own. The best bit is the many steps leading down the cliff side. These are purpose built wooden steps and remain in reasonable condition. Care should be exercised when entering/exiting the water owing to smoothed rocks, holes and surge.
This dive is also conducted as a night dive although day diving can be just as rewarding. Depending on time of day, a small entrance charge through Eyemouth Caravan Park is made; the advantage is that you get to park next to the dive site, albeit above it! Once down the steps and in the water, the depth drops away quickly from 2m to around 9m. The sheer sides of the small bay can easily be made out. Pick a side and dive this then, return the same way. On the right hand side, the vertical wall has many small holes and trenches home to scavengers - mostly crabs - who seem to like jellyfish and fish heads! Many of the walls are covered in dense clusters of light bulb squirts, an ascidian worthy of note, as these are not often seen in patches as dense and continuous as this. Deeper from 9-12m the rock ridges open out, the kelp becomes sparse and sand areas interspersed with boulders are evident.
Lookout for inquisitive wrasse, ling and octopus frequenting this area. Nudibranchs can often be seen, and one of the most common is the Tritonia varieties. Anemones are occasional during the return and the seabed between the ridges can have many shore crabs, perhaps even pipefish amongst the swirling debris and weed. Sadly, this area seems to attract much manmade discarded rubbish.
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