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Scuba Diving in St Abbs, Scotland

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Dive Site: Ebb Carrs & Alfred Earlsden Wreck

Location: St. Abbs, Scotland

Description: Wreck and reef dive

Depth: 12 - 20 metres (92 - 100 feet)

Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ****

One site that is a pleasure to dive, but is not dived as much as some of the other sites around. The majority of the dive site 12-15m, although you can get to 18-20m. The best area is the shallow depths and usually it's made as a second dive. If you've travelled from afar, this is an ideal site for the last dive of a weekend because the Ebb Carrs, a group of eight rocks partially breaking the surface, lie only a short distance from the harbour shore. Shore diving should not be attempted, and it's a mere two minutes by boat, so the likelihood is to fully kit up on the boat whilst in the harbour.

The usual descent point is a shot onto the Ebb Carrs. The remains of the Alfred Earlsden can be found, a small boat although this is just boiler and a few scraps of metal as it was salvaged by divers a long time ago. There is also a small cabin boat on the flat plain away from the Carr; this is now a small prop shaft and a few pieces of wood spars.

Carrs themselves are a very impressive sight and cruising around or through the spaces between reminds me of a mini underwater Stonehenge! The boiler sits in 8m of water and can easily be missed. The rocks are covered in the usual array of deadman's fingers and it's worth looking closely between these cold water corals for much marine life including wolfish. Around one corner the Carrs give way to an open plain, on what could only described with an analogy of a dense carpet of snow! The whole plain is a bright white mass of deadman's fingers all on a horizontal. It's an amazing sight and can sometimes hurt your eyes it's so bright. This is at a depth of 15m and seems to be around the whole area of the Carrs for a good 30m or so. As previously mentioned a small boats remains rest here and even the patches of heavy rippled sand are also white.

Inshore, westwards, this is replaced by an area which is in complete contrast to the previous where dark bare rocks occur with numerous common urchins and well camouflaged flatfish. Some small gullies and trenches have provided homes for long armed squat lobster, common lobster and wolfish. It is best to return back to the Carrs, and with the sun out across this carpet it almost feels 'warm' in the drysuit! Within the water column dense shoals of pollack seem to be prevalent and on occasions passing swarms of jellyfish may be seen.

Tony Gilbert

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