Posted on June 30, 2013
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The focus of this material was largely to display some of the colours found in UK waters. The material was shot as far North as Muckle Flugga at the very northern tip of the UK.
Material also came from the Northern Isles, the Western Isles, St Abbs, Whitby, Cornwall, Plymouth and the Scilly Isles at the southern tip of the UK.
I have many more stock images of british underwater wildlife.
Posted on June 14, 2013
The first half of this material is mostly the wreck of the British submarine E49 in Balta Sound, Shetland in 30m of water. We dived this site at 5Am in July 2011 and we were blessed with excellent viz.
The rest of the footage is from various locations around the UK. The ship’s bow in torchlight was filmed off Whitby in 72m of water, the bell revealed the wreck to be the steam trawler OTTER.
The shot looking over my buddy’s shoulder (Colin Bell) is in the Firth of Forth at 56m on the wreck of the British submarine HMS K4. These were steam powered submarines and are they are huge.
Divers swimming past an upturned hull and propellor were on the SS JANE wreck of Fetlar, Shetland, the colourful red spotty Ballan wrasse was also at this site.
The shinny bomb is on a small WW1 coaster wreck off Whitby in 54m. The “bomb” has been identified by the IWM as a 500kg German Luftmine A (LMA) known by the Admiralty as a Parachute Mine Type D it is made of an aluminium alloy and is still live!
The swim over a propellor is on the wreck of the German submarine UB30 in 52m of water off Whitby.
I have a great deal of shipwreck footage in stock particularly off the North Yorkshire Coast.
Posted on June 13, 2013
A few months ago, the cliff slid into the sea, taking Babbacombe bay from top Devon dive spot to silty soup. When Saeed Rashid tweeted pictures of cuttlefish in clear blue water, and said, “Get down there soon,” we didn’t hang around.
Babbacombe is a beautiful sheltered spot just around the headland from Torquay. It’s a relatively easy shore dive, with Wayne’s beach café serving up jumbo sausage surface intervals on seafront tables and chairs. The cuttlefish waited just a few metres out to sea and joined us on every dive. We had three days of glorious sunshine, five dives, and almost every cuttlefish mating behaviour our crossed fingers could deliver. The biggest group – eight cuttlefish – had three mating pairs with two spare males waiting for an unguarded moment to slip their genes into the melting pot.
I filmed over two hours of mating, male/female tenderness, egg laying, male bravado and aggression, camouflage colour changes, and females tending their eggs; all in shallow water with natural light, balanced to show vivid cuttlefish colours. I then filmed cuttlefish caught in pots just outside the bay. But… more about that soon.
We’re making a short film about these beautiful cuttlefish to tell the story of their annual mating ritual and to show the impact of fishing practices. Here’s a taste of the images. Stay tuned for the story.