I have been snorkelling for years and during 2016/2017 I decided to carry on doing it in winter too. Cold-water swimming is great for the health. I also find things. Last year´s snorkelling kept the males of the family in underwear. I plan to update this often with my finds.
My husband, who henceforth shall be known as Beast, only swims in the summer. Here he is, far out at sea, talking to cormorants. There were six at the beach on this occasion which is an absolute record. Some sort of cormorant conference going on.
July sea is a smegtail of small life. Hard to tell what it will grow up into. Finds included pants and T-shirts and some useful goggles which was just what Beast needed.
August brought extremely hot water temperatures, almost felt like a swim in the bath. There were stories in the papers about hungry saddleback bream attacking swimmers, but I take these with a pinch of salt. They all looked quite peacable to me.
In September, I first saw needlefish at my local bay. These usually only turn up on the other side of the port. I try to keep out of their way as they are slightly aggressive and have been rumoured to prod the odd diver with their sharp probosces.
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