The Kettle and The Egg

We went south because the little breeze that was building told us to.  The tide was high – bad news for tired, sweaty, gear-laden divers on the return trip up the ramp – and we had to wait for the Blynman Bridge.  As we sailed through we waved to Don Dunsky on the island side and Matt, the bridge tender.

The first stop was at the deep wall at Kettle Island.  Bill L., Jacki K., and Larry L. were suited up quickly because of all the space available.  Pete partnered with Jacki and they were in first.  The water was 58 degrees, according to Bill.  That was true all the way to the bottom at 50 feet.  The wind died at about noon and the flies from the island discovered their new best friends on Easy Diver.   We decided to move to escape them.

The north side of Egg Rock looked good.  We anchored in about 25 feet of water over the notch and groove that runs the length of that side of the island.  It was very clear where there was no kelp or sea weed – about 15 feet of visibility.

I saw several of the Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Top Ten Most Wanted species, including:

  • Orange sheath tunicate
  • Star tunicate
  • Compound sea squirt, Diplosoma listerianum

We were lucky to have warm water and clear conditions even though there was some passing boat traffic to Kettle Cove.

The ride home was an easy one because we could pass under the Blynman Bridge without having to ask for an opening.  It was only the steepness of the ramp that tinged the end of the day with strain.  Oh well, not everything’s perfect, even if the weather is.

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