Arriving early at work, today was spent doing two dives.
Two former members of the dive school staff, Marina and Jason joined us. Jason is a qualified instructor and Marina worked as a Divemaster.
Back in the UK Jason now works as a forester and Marina works in catering.
Jason spoke to me about the effects of Red Band Needle Blight, a tree disease that is decimating the Corsican pine stocks. Scots pine is as yet not so severely affected.
We also spoke about Sudden Oak Death and the growing experiments in the UK using Eucalyptus for bio fuels. dead interesting!
In the morning I was 'buddied' with Dave who comes out here to Lanzarote diving and leaves his kit on the island between trips. In the Afternoon I was with Stephen who I have mentioned before works with flight simulators.
Both dives were at Peurto del Carmen.
Although I saw dozens of fish, the new creatures of the day included
fields of garden eels, poking their bodies out of their holes like
periscopes, their heads turned into the current.
Later I saw dozens of angel hair anemone, beautiful white delicate looking animals.
The afternoons dive was along the harbour wall and provided a close encounter with a cuttle fish, and still more sea cucumbers (which now I want to touch). On the way back to the harbour stairs to exit the dive site, an angel sharks outline was spotted by Simon, the instructor/dive guide.
Simon carefully wafted some sand from the back of the shark and we were invited to stroke its pectoral fin. The skin was rough like sandpaper.
I have been pretty tired today. Not sure whether it is the heat, diving every day, the cycling or what. I am eating well and sleeping just fine. I will monitor the situation and report back.