Issue 13 February 2008
Welcome to the February edition of our newsletter.
|Special point of interest:||
Profile of an ocean diver (Ashley Munday)
Items for Sale:
Also Poseidon Cyclone regulator & long hose (requires service) £50. see John Searle 07776 411406
(My best buddy, the bad Tamal)
Why did I take up diving? What ever my mum did, I had to do better. Really though, curiosity about the life under there - what was all the fuss about? Was it really any different to a fish tank, apart from the depth?
First impressions – my god its cold! 6 degrees in a semi-dry in Scotland – not the best intro, but great to look down at the 90 metre wall at the Kyle of Lochalsh and think one day I’ll be travelling down there.
My favourite diving so far is the Rhondo – my buddy Lin took me on the deepest dive so far, looking at dead mans fingers.
Had a shock when Mad Lin picked up this huge crab and tried to give it to me - I gave her the bag as well as the crab and thought “I don’t think so!”
Mind you, we ate well that night!
A year later, I got a dry suit, the boat sank, and I got lost with George, Vicky and Kat - lucky for George we didn’t we get a brass ass for that one!
Animal of the Month - Lumpfish
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Hope you enjoyed this issue.
Lumpfish. A marine fish with a green or grey humped back and knobbly
skin. It grows to about 60 cm (2 ft) and is found in the North Atlantic
and Baltic. The male is oily but can be poached and the female is caught
for its roe. the lump-suckers have the ventral
fins united into a circular concave disk, which, acting as a sucker,
enables them to attach themselves firmly to rocks or stones. The body
(properly so called) is short and thick, with a thick and scaleless
skin, covered with rough tubercles, the larger of which are arranged in
four series along
each side of the body. The first dorsal fin is almost entirely concealed
by the skin, appearing merely as a lump on the back. The lumpsucker
inhabits the coasts of both sides of the North
Atlantic; it is not rare on the British coasts, but becomes more
common farther north. It is so sluggish in its habits that individuals
have been caught with sea-weed growing on their backs. In the spring the
fish approaches the shores to spawn, clearing out a hollow on a stony
bottom in which it deposits an immense quantity of
pink-coloured ova. Fishermen assert that the male watches the spawn
until the young are hatched, a statement which receives
confirmation from the fact that the allied gobies, or at least some
of them, take similar care of their progeny. The
vernacular name, "cock and
paddle," given to the lumpfish on some parts of the coast, is
probably expressive of the difference between the two sexes in their
outward appearance, the male being only half or one-third the size of
the female, and assuming during the spawning season a bright blue
coloration, with red on the lower parts. This fish is generally not
esteemed as food, but Franz
Faber (Fische Islands, p. 53) states that the Icelanders
consider the flesh of the male as a delicacy.' The bones are so soft,
and contain so little inorganic matter, that the old ichthyologists
placed the lump-sucker among the cartilaginous fishes.
Shipwrecks of North Wales, part 3.
Throughout the latter half of the 1800s, the Board of Trade kept records of UK ship losses. Steamer ships became common. By 1822, the Albion paddle steamer maintained a regular service between Liverpool and Bangor in the Menai Straits. The Albion wrecked near Rhyl in 1846. In 1831, the Menai Straits was the scene of a disaster - The Rothsay Castle
The Rothsay Castle was a paddle
steamer which was wrecked on the Traeth Lafan (Lavan Sands) at the
eastern end of the Menai Straits, north Wales, in 1831, with the loss of
Typical! The girls couldn't find a wreck this month, so
Did you know........
· Whales can’t swim backwards.
· An octopus has three hearts.
· An average British family uses 2 miles of toilet paper a year.
· On average, we all contain 2 molecules of Julius Caesar’s last breath.
· A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.
· Sailors used to wear a gold earring so that they could always afford a proper burial when they died.
· For Wendy's interest — each time you crack a whip, the end of it has to travel at speed of sound.
· Blonde beards grow faster than dark ones - we’ll be looking! Could this be the next competition?
· Dolphins sleep with one eye open ...useful on Prima trips.
· Every pint of water taken from the Red Sea contains 4 ounces of salt.
Thanks to the Editors: Sue Mace, Wendy Munday, Phillipa Cresswell, Lin Noakes