Posts Tagged ‘folly cove’

Here We Go Again…

June 7, 2014

The day couldn’t have been prettier.  Warm breeze, clear skies and flat seas.  How fun is that?

We had John S. with Alan Hicks, Ilya T. , Andy J., Pete and me with The Captain for a “let’s test the equipment and get this summer dive season started” dive.

It was low tide at Folly Cove, so there were only a few hardy souls entering from the beach.  I anchored near Calf Cove and helped Pete into his dry suit, only to see a huge hole in the neck seal.  Oh, well.  He’ll make his first dive since getting sick tomorrow instead.

Andy saw spawning behavior in a school of pollack – head down, tail up, and belly rubbing against the bottom.  They are a handsome fish with a striking lateral white stripe.  Here’s a picture I found on the interwebs:

Pollack with white horizontal stripe

Pollack with white horizontal stripe


Plus there were horseshoe crabs about.

I moved out deeper for the second dive.  It was near another dive boat and between Folly Point and the bump where most shore divers turn around.  It was deeper here – about 40 feet under the down line.

John practiced breath-hold diving and made it to 50 feet behind the boat.

I suited up for a second time and marveled at how warm I felt in my wetsuit.  Granted, I have to wear a water polo beanie under my hood to keep from getting chilled, but that is easy to do.

The bottom here was boulder-strewn and the visibility was considerably better – 15-20 feet on the bottom.

Ilya caught a perfect lobster that would have been too big tomorrow :^)

The ride home was a practice session for Andy J.  He’ll be a great addition to the team.

We all felt the day couldn’t have turned out better and praised the diving gods for their indulgence.


Playing with Pipefish

October 6, 2012

We had Larry D. from Ashburnham with us today.  Otherwise it would have been just Pete, Pat, me and The Captain.

We were happy to be back in the water after several weeks of not diving due to rainy, windy, surgey conditions.

It had looked good on the north side of Cape Ann after our early morning drive around, so we headed for Folly Cove.  On the way, we spotted a mola mola just off Lanes’s Cove.  That’s our second one this season.

I anchored far into the cove in about 20 feet of water.  Larry was going to be practicing with his new back inflation rig and we were hoping for some more footage for this year’s movie.  Luckily the pipefish were willing to come out to play:

A Pipefish Looks at My Gloved Fingertips

A Pipefish Looks at My Gloved Fingertips

Once you saw one, then you saw lots more.  They resemble what a sea horse would look like if it uncoiled.  The 30′ visibility certainly helped in spotting them.  The water was 55 degrees on the bottom and 59 on the surface.

I was diving wet in the new suit that The Captain won at the Bay State Council’s picnic two Sundays ago.  It was a man’s large, but fit me just fine.  I made two dives in it and used my regular weightbelt and a steel 70.

There was a very friendly little fish that might have been a tropical that got swept up north in the Gulf Stream.  Its eye had a red ring that was irridescent:

Red Ringed Eye

Red Ringed Eye

We made both dives in Folly.  The second one was a little deeper because our anchor had dragged as the south wind freshened.  We swung close to the rocky wall and then back out into the cove – just like a flag in slow motion.

The ride back was not bad at all and the ocean had only a few trespassers, mostly sailboats.  It marks how quickly the season ends for boaters once Labor Day has passed.

We docked easily because I could head into the south wind and use it to turn the boat for backing into our slip.

Nice day for early October with good people.

Alex Shure’s Photos of the Rocky Jumble at Folly Cove

July 23, 2012

We had Alex Shure with us on Saturday, July 21st.  He took these beautiful pictures of the huge granite boulders and blocks at the jetty on the east side of Folly Cove:

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