Search and Recovery

Hazy, hot and humid weather with only a hint of a breeze means high summer in Cape Ann.  Today was a prime example.

We had a full boat with Dean and Dave, Amy M., Alan Hicks, Richard Brandolini and LD with Pat and Pete as crew.  The Captain was working to get some topside shots with Amy’s foot in too big and then just right fins.  Here’s too big:

Too Big Fin

Too Big Fin

The rest of us geared up quickly to escape the blistering heat on deck.

We were anchored just below the dead light at Thacher Island in about 25 feet of water.  Pete explored on his scooter and went to 42 feet where it was 52 degrees.  On the surface, it was 57 degrees as the tide came in.  Visibility was mixed between 10 and 15 feet.

There was a lot of loose, floating sea weed and deep places between boulders were filled with a floating mass that made hunting hard.  Nevertheless, Pete found lobsters confronting each other out in the open and was amazed at their actions.

I saw one or two lonely pollack and last year’s cunners under rocks with newer ones.  There was one overhead area where filtered sunlight was shimmering on the bottom and breaking up when ripples passed overhead.  It looked like someone was playing with a pocket mirror to catch my attention.

Richard snorkeled overhead as I made my way into a more sheltered cove to see how warm the water would get.  It was a twisty, turny entrance and the colors got brighter as I got closer to shore.  The slope was brilliant yellow with Irish Moss.  Floaters of sea gull feathers attested to the island’s major inhabitants’ molting status.  The cove had visibility of 20 feet and the water was WARM.  My hands were not even feeling the cold at all.

Unfortunately, my video camera wouldn’t let me record.  I depressed the appropriate lever, but it stayed in stand by mode and wouldn’t budge.  Dang.  I employed the universal reboot mechanism and turned it off and back on.  Still no recording.  Double dang.

After I swam back to the boat to see if Pat or The Captain could figure what was wrong, I learned that the two D’s had lost a camera on their dive.  I went back down to look for it until my air was gone.

When I returned to the swim platform, they had changed tanks and gone back in themselves.  By default, we decided to make both dives in the same place.

It wasn’t long before they surfaced to report success  – a true search and recovery.

It was a hot ride back to the marina, but it was high tide, so the gear practically loaded itself into the truck.

Great day with fun people.

One Response to “Search and Recovery”

  1. Veronica Says:

    Perfect day to be in the water

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