Entering the water the cave entrance is dark and foreboding. An advanced dive with no clear surface and only one way in and out.
Reaching the sea bed the golden sand forms large ripples, following the contours of the cliff face and flow of the sea above.
Heading into the cave, the light decreases and our eyes adjust to the new environment. A narrow field of vision only possible with the light of our torches. The summer daylight is far behind as we pass over boulders increasing in size. The space between our heads and the roof of the cave decreasing with each fin stroke.
Eventually there is nowhere else to go. The end of the cave has been reached. Boulders piled high in front of us stop us going further into this submerged cavern.
Turning with torches extinguished we see the remains of light in the distance. A small glow of white against the black of the cave walls.
But here, in this dark cave, away from currents and tides lives an array of creatures. Adapted for life in the dark they graze the rocks for morsels of food which collect on the surfaces and drift gently in the wash from the outside world. The cave walls and the boulders are coated in colour less intense and more sparse than the walls in daylight, but life can be found even in the deepest corners of the cave.
All unique in their adaptations - a shrimp with glowing eyes, a beautiful, large mollusc and a sea urchin; totally different to the black mounds of spikes found in the light outside the cave. Sponges,corals and anemones fight for a surface to cling to, giving an unexpected colour to the surfaces as the torch moves over them.
Returning to the cave entrance the overhanging roof entrance to our right reveals the first hints of daylight. Increasing in size as we draw closer the sand again returns and the ripples in the surface show the way to the cave entrance.
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