Not That Great a Day

The forecasters couldn’t make up their minds.  Would it rain?  Would it be breezy?  Although it was only supposed to be 5-10 out of the NW, we awoke to 15-20 out of the North.  No rain, but scudding, black-bottomed clouds threatening something.  (Crew Member, Veronica, told us on Sunday that there were chunks of ice on her lawn in Salisbury, MA after the same weather front went through up there north of us.)

We had a full charter with Laurent Dubois, Jacki K., Dianne Kelleher, Larry, Lihui Lin, and Richard Brandolini.  Lihui was working on her basic certification open water and needed somewhere calm-ish and shallow-ish.  The long rollers from the southeast were not friendly to anyone anchored out of the north wind.  They had four dive boats all at the wreck of the USF New Hampshire at the same time.  That was a first.  I’d never seen so many dive boats at that site at once before.

The vibility wasn’t very good – 10 feet.  The water temperature was still cold at 52 degrees.  We survived.

The second site – Divers’ Leap – was a little better with 15 feet of visibility.  The hunters were intent and Laurent spent 70 minutes searching for the critters.  The water was only about 25 feet deep, but he was diving with a wet suit and said he didn’t mind it.

Dianne and I each had only 1000 pounds in our tanks, but we swam to the shoreline’s rocks on the surface and then descended.  We saw a strange sight at about 20 feet, where the sandy bottom meets the rocky edge of the shore: moon snail egg cases.  They look like a ribbon or a collar and were lined up along the edge of the sand as though they were on display.  I counted four in a row about 20 feet long.  Pete said there were lots back at the first site as well.  It must have been a good season for moon snail romance if there were this many egg cases as a result.

We were happy to see the wind drop as the day progressed.  That made the trip back to the marina a little less choppy, although the swells were as large as ever.

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