Leaks, Floaty Legs and Nudibranchs Too

Alan Hicks, Captain Fred, and Kevin Mordasky enjoy the sun.

Kerry Hurd, Alan Hicks, Captain Fred, and Kevin Mordasky enjoy the sun.  Photo by Linda Hurd

Today was the first charter of the season. We had Linda and Kerry Hurd, plus Kevin and Linsley Mordasky, with Alan Hicks as well. Crew was Peter Donahue. We went north because I’d read Andy Martinez’s post yesterday about the conditions at Folly Cove being 52 degree water with 20-25 feet of visibility.  The photographers wanted to see if there were any nudibranchs on the right hand side of the cove.  Others were making their first dive of the season and just wanted to get wet (or stay dry) as the case may be.

There were several lobster boats lazing about, waiting for divers to exit the area where we wanted to anchor.  They were eager to pull their trap line and get back to work elsewhere, so they elbowed in and put-putted around the site.  I’d told everyone to stay under the boat until they didn’t hear any engines and only then to venture out to the rocks.

Kerry’s bee-you-tee-full new Water Proof dry suit was quite a sight to see.  He looked like a movie star in it.

Someone else’s sleeve had a leak that soaked up the arm.  Someone else’s feet floated too much.  The Captain donned his Mares “semi-dry” and dropped down to see the action for himself.  He returned declaring that “everything worked.”  The weights were right, the fins (borrowed from Alan) fit, and the suit was warm too.  He did experience an ice cream headache, but that’s a small price to pay for starting your 61st season of diving.

Folks saw several kinds of nudibranchs as well as a white, ribbon-like structure that was probably an egg mass.  Pete and Kerry reported a moon snail that might have been laying down an egg collar.  There were masses of sand dollars as well as skates and a beautiful sea robin right under the boat.

For the second dive, I moved to just outside the rocky jetty beside the Lobster Pool restaurant.  It has a sandy bottom and we were facing into the fresh southeast breeze.  That caused the anchor to drag.  The divers saw less visibility and not as many nudibranchs on this dive.  Someone went to 61 feet to test their dry suit’s seals and see the sights there.  We dragged past their bubbles several times.  Pete pulled the anchor to reset it more than three times.

The drive home had happy faces (see the picture above).

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One Response to “Leaks, Floaty Legs and Nudibranchs Too”

  1. Veronica Says:

    Hooray! I’m glad things got underway!
    Perhaps see you for memorial weekend? 🙂

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