Clan Stuart

Clan Stuart

Anyone who took the time to open a curtain on Saturday would have seen that it was the most awesome, sunny, clear-sky, wind-free day of the summer so far. It was really just the epitome of summer excellence and the surf proved to be on par in dive quality…

We all met at Pisces from 09h00, and by “all” I mean all 5 of us (WHAAAAT?!). Despite the splendid weather we seemed to be suffering a slight participatory disorder on the day, by …nonetheless, it was bound to be a dive to remember!

We were ready to hit the water around 10h00, and with small waves making their debut we decided to go for the Clan Stuart, where the water was looking particularly inviting with a tropical turquoise water lapping against the white sand…

Surface temps were at 23 degrees and did not go down much from there, reaching a dive-low of no less than 19 degrees. About halfway through the dive, I wanted to take off my hoodie and gloves as the heat was actually a little uncomfortable at times. I would have happily done the dive just my shorty. That’s how warm it was.

The abundance of unhindered sunlight together with the shallow depth of the clan and lack of surge meant that the viz was also exceptional on this dive, being around 10m I estimate.

Special fauna for the dive was a HUGE Red Roman which was blind in one eye, meaning I could hide in his blind side and get a good look at him. But the absolute apex of the dive for me was the discovery of not one, but TWO double sash butterflyfish! These exhibit colours the likes of which are not often seen in the frigid capetonian waters and it was great to have a chance to really get a good look at them. Kudos to Jolene for spotting the little juvenile in what I can only describe as a tiny cave under some kelp.

I also spotted a big octopus, but this guy had no interest in coming into the open despite my continuous coaxing with shiny things.

All and all, we could not have asked for a better summer dive. It was one of those that you remember for months to come and often go “remember that perfect weather day..?”

Martin Els