Stupendous Saturday at Folly Cove

What a brilliant, sunny day we had today.  The breeze was from the southeast, so we headed north to be in the lee of the island that is Cape Ann.  Essex Bay was as flat as I’ve ever seen it with just a few cat’s paws of breeze skittering across it. 

We had a good group including Bethany B., Richard Brandolini, Michael Baker (a basic student), and Laurent Dubois with Kathy Cardinale, Peter Donahue, and me as crew.  The Captain helped too.

I anchored in about 20 feet across from Calf Cove so Michael could have somewhere safe to do his exercises and skill-building stuff.  Bethany and Richard took off to look for dead sand dollars (as if there might be any in Folly Cove) and lobsters, and Laurent was multitasking – videoing and lobstering.  Peter and The Captain tag-teamed Michael to be sure he met everyone’s standards for a competent beginner.  He performed very well.  I was even able to shoot some video of his successful scuba donning on the bottom.

The water was 61 degrees on the surface, 54 degrees at 20 feet and 50 degrees at 50 feet (according to Laurent).  The tide was coming in so the bottom was much colder and clearer than the surface.  The sun was hot and it was probably 75 degrees above the water.

We saw lots of friendly and curious flounder or all sizes.  The Captain took in a tin of cat food to see if they would eat it for a scene in our video.  They seemed to like it and during their chewing you could see puffs of white crumbs stream out their upper gill.  Very unusual footage.

Laurent got footage of flounder eating the remains of a discarded lobster claw, small cunner in a cleft, and of an urchin turning itself right side up.  Cal’s and my footage was of circling flounder around the anchor.   I shot some extra time on the surface with Chris Fisher, the wearer of a double-hose regulator.  He swam out from shore and stopped by to say “Hi!” as he passed.  Everyone wanted to see what he was breathing from and we were able to show Michael the kind of regulator that everyone used to use.  Chris was very patient with our inquiries and said he just likes to dive with the double hose regulator, so he uses it.

We didn’t need any hot soup today.

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