As an avid underwater photographer I find some of the most rewarding dives are in shallow water around piers and jetties. Babbacombe bay in Devon is one of my favourite jetty dives. It’s sheltered from prevailing south westerly winds, easily accessible to divers and pockmarked with cracks and holes, most of which are home to a variety of fish and crustacean.
Halfway along are some steps where you can often spot shannies. These characterful little fish are mottled brown and green but can change colour to blend in with their surroundings. The males become almost black during the breeding season, guarding the eggs which are laid in holes and crevices.
They are naturally curious so if you hang around for a bit they’ll peer out to take a look at you.