From Cool and Drizzley to Overcast and Humid

We’ve come almost full circle.  The overnight hours had severe lightning and thunderstorms.  We drove around before the charter started and found that going north had the fewest waves.  There wasn’t much wind anywhere.

So, back to the north side of the cape we went.  I tried to go around Halibut Point, but the waves were building and The Captain vetoed that.  We came back to S & M, a good spot for lobstering off Lanesville Shores, north of Plum Cove.  The house with the S on its veranda has been renovated and the letter is gone.  The house with the M on its veranda has let the maintenance go a little and the M as lost its left leg.  The letter is now a backwards N.  Life goes on.

The tide had turned and started out before we anchored.  Our customers included Jackie Riley, Laurent Dubois, and Richard Brandolini.  Richard dived with Veronica Atlantis who was crewing today.  Laurent was on his own.  Jackie tried Pat’s dry suit, but decided the neck seal was too tight to be comfortable.  She waited until the second dive to try Pat’s summer suit instead.

I videoed more orange sheath and star tunicates.  The bottom seemed dusty to me.  There was a lot of silt, and visibility was about 10 to 15 feet.  The water temp was 61 on the surface.

We moved back to Plum Cove for the second dive.  There were lots of lobsters, small and big.  I saw fish fry and videoed them in front of a hermit crab in a moon snail shell.  He had blue claws and eye stalks.  Kinda like a lady with eye shadow matching her nail polish.

I also saw a founder that was lying on its right side, with the left side up.  A left-handed flounder.  That’s pretty unusual.  There were three good sized striped bass up in the shallows.  Pete said it was 61 degrees both on the top and the bottom at about 20 feet.  Jacki was warm enough in Pat’s summer suit and enjoyed the dive in it.

There were lots of little shrimp in the water near the surface.  Maybe they were whale food.  Pete saw his first summer flounder of the season.  There have been only winter flounder up until now.

I found another club tunicate, Styela clava, to shoot.  It was mottled brown and grey.  The video shows its siphons very clearly.

Everyone ended the dive by hanging around the stern in the water, still in their suits, enjoying the shards of sun that were peeking through the clouds.    Life doesn’t get much better than that.

Warm, calm, and floaty.

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