Our first outing was a boat-dive, and because it was quite windy we went out to a rock close to shore where we could find a little shelter and calmer water.
We descended into the greenish water, and as we followed the wall deeper the light almost disappeared in the poor visibility. We just followed the wall until we were ready to end the dive and get picked up by the boat.
During the dive the strobes had not been functioning properly, and back at the dive-centre I discovered a leak in the connection between the underwater housing and the sync cord, so both had to be cleaned and dried.
The next day was about exploring the house-reef. We jumped in from the deck around the dive-centre and started swimming past the dock and through the channel at 3m.
The plan was then to follow the wall down to about 20m and explore it in search of nudibranchs and other critters.
However, as we were about to descend the wall we discovered that the seabed where we were was filled with nudibranchs and sea hares, and ended up spending the entire dive photographing and observing these fascinating little creatures. But to my disappointment, the strobes were still not fully functioning.
The site is known for its nudibranch population…
In springtime nudibranchs and sea hares gather in large numbers near Smögen dive-centre to mate and lay their eggs. We also found many species of crustacean, among them a great spider crab that had found a moon jellyfish on which to feast.
But that meal did not pass unnoticed.
A bigger crab saw what was going on and, after an intense struggle, the smaller crab ended up losing its catch, leaving the challenger to wander off with the prize.
Before the next dive I made some more adjustments to the strobes and tried changing the sync cord. We were determined to explore the wall this time – but made it even less far than before.
As the sun descended its beams were coming in between the supports below the decking and creating a beautiful scene, with several species of wrasse to be found in the seaweed and the surrounding waters swarming with a range of jellyfish.
…and for jellyfish.
We ended up with a maximum depth of 5m, many jellyfish photos, and videos of sunbeams playing in the seaweed beneath the supports.
Because changing the sync cord made no difference with the strobes,
I determined that the problem had to be the connection to the housing.