Archive for July, 2010

Hotter and Sweatier

July 4, 2010

We had Janet MacCausland, her friend Neal (sp?), LD and Jerry Comeau on the boat today along with Pete, Pat, and Veronica as crew.  Janet had her camera and wanted scenic, Jerry voiced a preference for lobstering site, LD and I needed to do more video, and The Captain had the last word.

Today it was warmer on the surface and the tide was dead low at 11:30 AM.  We left the Cape Ann Marina and it took about 55 minutes to get to the first dive site – Cathedral Rocks.  Hot sun had us all in the water quickly.  I worked on getting more “fly overs” and critter shots.  There was a school of pollack that didn’t want to be recorded.  I think they were doing X-rated, fishy things.  There was the occasional flash of silver as one quickly turned sideways to the surface.  Then another would do it and then a third, over and over.  Yeah, that was it, they were spawning, or some such.

Pete and LD went to the mud at 50 feet and it was in the upper 40s.  There were Scarlet Psolus (psoli?) and Northern Red Anemones.  We were done with our dives and Janet and her buddy weren’t.  Veronica, LD and I floated around on the surface in just suits and fins.  I had my sun-shielding straw hat to keep from being burned.  It was bliss.

The second dive was for the hunters.  Lanesville Shores was a little warmer up in the shallows where I saw lots of golden soft-looking seaweed covering everything.  Deeper there was a jumble of boulders that were almost clean of any growth at all. It was 57 in the shallows and Pete said he could see his breath in the deeper areas of the site.  I think he said mid-40s.

There wasn’t a breath of air stirring as we hauled anchor for the trip back down the river.   It was a hot and sweaty ride.

Thanks to Veronica for the scrumptious spinach and tomato and “legal” cheese pita pockets.  She saved me from the Cheetos.

More fun tomorrow.

After Almost 8 Months…

July 3, 2010

…The Captain went diving today.  His new knee was in good shape and he was able to get back into the boat without a ladder like he always does.

We had LD with us along with Pete and Pat as crew.  We were bound to Cathedral Rocks to get more footage for this year’s movie.

I anchored in our usual spot, right off shore of the stone house owned by Attorney Faherty.  We were in about 40 feet.  The bottom was in the high 40s, while the surface was still chilly in the low 50s.

We saw beautiful Northern Red Anemones:

Northern Red Anemone by LD

The water was murky near the surface, but clearer deep.  It ranged from about 15 feet to over 20 feet of visibility.

For the second dive, we needed to catch lunch for Peter’s cookout on Monday.  That meant Lanesville Shores.  The Captain went in again and didn’t die.  WooHoo!

The water was a little clearer and a little warmer here, but not much.

Good times.