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In pictures: Sheringham Snorkel Trail underwater reef caught on camera

Sheringham Snorkel Trail sea bed Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption Recent weather has created near-perfect conditions to view the reef

An underwater photographer has caught the beauty of a lesser-seen area of Norfolk, just metres from the shore.

The Sheringham Snorkel Trail, formed on top of a disused Victorian sewage pipe, boasts a "huge array of colourful and interesting sea life".

Photographer Chris Taylor said the recent warm weather had created near-perfect conditions for the reef - only 50m (164ft) off the coast - to be seen.

Divers can make their way along the trail, which features ropes and buoys.

Aerial view of Sheringham beach at low tide Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption The Sheringham Snorkel Trail is close to the shore off the north Norfolk coast
Lobster on Sheringham Snorkel Trail sea bed Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption The underwater ecosystem boasts a diverse range of wildlife
Prawns on Sheringham Snorkel Trail Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption Photographer Chris Taylor said the weather-window that results in clear waters only lasts for about a week each year
Sea anemone on Sheringham Snorkel Trail Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption The 46m (150ft) trail was set up in 2016 by divers Dawn Watson and Rob Spray
Crab explores the seabed off the coast at Sheringham Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption The pipe is now fully encrusted with seaweed and marine invertebrates and is home to many types of crab, lobsters, shrimp, prawn and fish, said Mr Taylor
Jellyfish off the coast at Sheringham in Norfolk Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption Jellyfish off the coast at Sheringham in Norfolk
Sealife on the Sheringham Snorkel Trail Image copyright Chris Taylor Photo
Image caption "The colours down there are incredible and can rival any coral reef I have dived on in Thailand, Australia or The Maldives", Mr Taylor added

Photos by Chris Taylor

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