Yesterday I rode with Mass Diving on the big boat with Cape Ann Divers. Water was a flat as could be and I had the pleasure of diving at 2 incredible spots.
At SNL I swam through the trench solo. I mostly shot video, but I did take a few photos. I shot with the 550D and a GoPro mounted on top, pointed at me. I will cut together a first-person SNL video soon and share here. Vis was fantastic at SNL. a good 30 feet or more. I was also pleased that no one kicked up the mud on the bottom. In my usual wimpy fashion, I stayed on top of the trench at around 100'. Of course I saw Robert Landy swim by 30 feet below me (and moving twice as fast). I ambled down to the end of the trench, was briefly tempted to photograph the burrowing anemones, but knew it would take me another 8 minutes to get to them and get a good shot. I decided to head back and leave the dangerous work to Landy.
BFW was considerably murkier and the current blew me off the down line which I promptly lost. I just focused on Alisa's bubbles instead and eventually found the wall. I hooked a left and went south for a couple hundred feet along the bottom of the wall. I was thrilled to see a cod swim by, a very rare treat!
A shot of the cod above and a couple more photos below, enjoy!
Above is a clip of the murky depths of BFW. That's all for now, see everyone soon!
I was riding with my friends on Easy Diver last weekend and the conditions couldn't have been more perfect. Ocean was flat and it was a HOT summer day. I also dove (dived?) in my wetsuit for the 1st time this year...My 8-year-old wetsuit left a little insulation to be desired, however it was really nice to not be bogged down copious amounts of gear. We had to nice, shallow, easy dives ("Easy Diver", get it?). Went to Straightsmouth Island then to Folly Cove. The captain ate watermelon and rejoiced.
GoPro mounted on top of my big rig. Oh so fancy free... Below are some snapshots from the day. The moon snail was the size of a dinner plate.
We dove this weekend on the wreck of the Pug, a first for me. I'm fairly certain the linked info is the correct site, but there does seem to be some confusion over the name.
The weather was beautiful and Virgil sent us off in good spirits. Pug's fairly deep, about 130' in the sand. It's also a clean and simple wreck. It rests upright and there are a few places to peek in at the guts of the wreck
The deck of the wreck sits at 115' and we burned through our 10 minutes of bottom time before we knew it. I only explored the immediate area around the mooring line as I was mostly fiddling with my camera, but here are some shots of the site.
After the Pug, we steamed to Halfway Rock. Weather was on our side and we were able to anchor on the sheer wall of the rock. The wall is great because virtually no swimming is required, just sink and ascend, my type of dive!
That's that...I'll try to keep you all posted.
Having not posted since February I realize that this is quite possibly the world's lamest blog. What can I say? I'm a slow typist. But now there are 2 posts including this one, making this the world's second lamest blog... But in any case, I'm delighted to say that Summer is almost here and so is the new dive season. I checked out my gear a few weeks ago during a shore dive in East Gloucester. My new dry gloves held up well and my camera housing seems to be fine.
Feeling confident, Chuck Marrone and myself rode north with Cape Ann Divers hoping to catch some gray seals at the salvages. The weather of course was uncooperative, and the Captain made the executive decision to shelter behind Thatcher Island for the first dive. Fearful of the rough seas and regretting the martini I had the night before, I welcomed the lee and hopped in for a lovely, shallow, and seaweedy dive. Nudibranchs everywhere and the wrong lens to photograph them prompted me to hop back on the boat for a much needed PB&J.
The second dive was at the "green bell" near the north eastern (I think) tip of Cape Ann. This is a fantastic submerged rock pinnacle that is nice and clean from all the urchins living there. It starts at about 20' deep and quickly shoots down to about 60 or so. Nice for us lazy divers that don't like swimming a lot and lobster heaven, at least this day. I don't take, eat, nor hassle the bugs, but I sure do love taking their pictures. They are great practice subjects because they are often fast and confrontational. This fantastic dive ended with Chuck finding at 20+ pounder, a first for all of us. I did snapp a few pictures but my arm wasn't long enough to take a picture and have my hand in the shot for perspective, so you're just going to have to trust me on this one... Enjoy the snapshots, good to be back in the water.
Alex Shure: SCUBA enthusiast, fish nerd, camera guy.