The beautiful miniature dragon-like creature Placida Dentrica which is a sea slug is just a glimpse of the extraordinary creatures in Wester Ross MPA which Sea Change has set out to document species and share this with the wider community – it is rare for anyone but divers to see life beneath the waves and our aim is to share this as well as document the habitats and species within the area.
In April and June of 2017 Sea Change Wester Ross hosted teams of Seasearch divers to dive for habitat information around the Summer Isles where the weather allowed. This was followed up in September by more divers. Inverness Sub Aqua Club divers were supported by a number of other clubs and Owen Paisley of Seasearch West helped coordinate the reporting. Part of this was to follow up on the 2016 exploration of maerl beds and an interesting anenome species found by Andy Jackson in the Sea Change survey dives of 2016 in the bay at Tanera near the fish farm cages and photographed beautifully by George Brown later.
The pdf of the report can be found here: 2017 Seasearch-SeaChange surveys
Sea Change secured boat support from ISAC and WRASFB and supplied the accommodation. Bill Whyte, Sara Nason and Diyanne crewed the safety boat. Inverness Sub Aqua Club and Colin Wishart, Lynne and Ian MacKay provided shore backup and some excellent food.
April Divers were George Brown, Hilary MacKay and Neil MacInnes from Inverness BSAC, John Rees from Oban SSAC and Owen Paisley, Campbeltown SSAC.
July Divers were Neil MacInnes, Hilary Mackay and Colin Wishart all from Inverness BSAC.
September Divers were Jason Coles, Claire Hallybone, Graham Jackson and Glenn King. The Seasearch report is below