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Running from the easterlies

Torbay is a great place to dive and snorkel, but it does get hammered by easterly winds which will ruin the vis for days (sometimes weeks!) on end.

Sponge life under the kelp
Sponge life under the kelp

When this happens there are a number of sites we can run to in order to get our in-water fix. One such spot is Heybrook bay near Plymouth. This ticked out of the way spot is not a place you accidentally come across and there is limited parking, but make an early start and it’s well worth the trip through the lanes to get here.

The occasion I chose was a lovely calm day with some amazing viz away from the in-shore swell, over 8m I’d say :) Being this site of Start Point there is lots of lush kelp growth so that was the focus of my attention.

Spearfishing in Heybrook Bay
Spearfishing in Heybrook Bay

Many divers hate kelp, but snorkelling through it can be great fun and there are always photographic opportunities to be had down amongst the hold-fasts. Under the green/brown canopy of thick fronds there is plenty of life, with many coloured sponges, crabs and starfish making use of this sheltered eco-system.

Being one so sheltered on this day there were plenty of other people enjoying some late summer sun, with SUP boarders, another underwater photographer on scuba and a couple of spearos too.

 

Heybrook Bay aerial photo
Heybrook Bay aerial photo