Egg Rock and Crow Island

It was easy to choose to go south.  The breeze was from the northeast and the tide was low enough to get through the Blynman Bridge without an opening.  We stopped at Brown’s for diesel and then made our way down to Manchester.

I wanted to find somewhere new and picked the lee side of Egg Rock.  Swells from the southeast made many places bumpy for anyone who stayed on board while others dived.  Today that would be Pat Walsh and Kathy Cardinale. 

The island provided good cover and Laurent found it was still 51 degrees at 48 feet.  I hovered around huge boulders and found orange sheath tunicate patches that were tearing off the rocks.  They had folded back on themselves and the organism was still growing.  I saw lots of green fleece alga, orange sheath tunicate and compound sea squirt.  There were also:

  • striped bass schoolies
  • black sea bass
  • big cunner
  • and a new kind of pink sponge I’d never seen before 

Pete and Laurent got lobster, but not lots of them.  Vibility in 25 feet had been about 15 feet.

We motored over to an island containing a single house that Kathy, Pat, and I wanted to get a closer look at.  Called Crow Island, it has a black wrought iron fence all the way around the compound.  It is between Black and White Beaches.  We anchored just off its coast in 25 feet of water.   The swells were manageable here and the water was still very warm.

I jumped back in with the remainder of my tank from the first dive.  I swam slowly into the shelter of the White Beach cove and the visibility improved to about 20 feet.  Back outside the island, I saw periwinkles covered in pink coraline algae.  They were lined up along a piece of kelp and were dining as though they were at a breakfast bar.  Pete saw lots of little fish fry on every rock.  He even saw them try to stay aligned with a piece of kelp when he moved it.  They moved too.  There were just a few legal lobsters here.

We pulled anchor and motored back to Gloucester Harbor and a HUGE strawberry shortcake at The Gull. 

It was a much better day than had been predicted.

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