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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.