One of the prawns from our first catch
We have often wondered what sea creatures were living in the mud beneath Ravensdale and decided it would be fun to find out so we bought a prawn pot to see what it would catch.
Phil baited the pot with a piece of frozen mackerel and dropped it over the side to see whether anything would take the bait.
Lifting our new prawn pot to examine the catch
Some of the crabs we netted during our first attempt
One of the prawns we caught laying on Ravensdale's aft deck before being returned to the water
The next time it was lifted, it again contained little crabs and prawns. A larger crab was clinging to the outside of the pot, but it let go and fell off as it was lifted out of the water.
These were also released and the pot returned to the murky depths under our boat.
The following morning we discovered it had trapped two eels, each about 18ins long.
Slippery customers - the eels that were caught in our net
Meanwhile, one of the herons that are frequently seen around the marina came in for some unwanted attention from one of the local seagulls.
A seagull dive-bombing a heron on a pontoon
The heron was sitting on a pontoon watching the water for fish when the gull started to attack it.
The heron squawks at the seagull in an attempt to frighten it away
I was able to walk a little way along the pontoon and get a few more shots before the seagull flew away.
The heron posing for photos after the seagull had flown away
The images of it looking straight at me look like a completely different bird. Without its long pointed beak, it looked rather like an emu :-)
The heron watching me take its photograph