Much better weather this weekend but we went back to the Dara to recover the SMB abandoned there last week. We also went to look at some copper pipes that were spotted by Rob near the bow. These are distorted into some weird shapes presumably as a result of the fire that engulfed the vessel and caused the sinking. The viz was reasonable if not spectacular but conditions were good with calm seas and little or no current. The usual assortment of fishes were out in force including some very friendly batfish at the stern end and some clownfish vigourously defending their anemone from intruders just forward of the promenade deck. Both PJ and Cathy took some video footage of both dives so we might have a new movie to watch in a week or two.
A bit sad to see a dead turtle caught up in fishing nets. Perhaps the next Dara trip should be a net clearing dive. We do this from time to time and it does make the wreck a bit safer for divers as well as marine life.
Quote of the day: One of our number diving in brightly coloured overalls had a minor “fish feeding” episode during the surface interval. Said PJ: “Even the sick’s orange!”
Any plans for Eid Al Adha? This is due in early November and Mike is looking at possible diving expeditions further afield. It looks like being either Muscat or Salalah at the moment but enquiries are at an early stage. Watch this space.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.