I was recently out with a good group from Cape Ann Divers and it warranted an annual "blog" post! We dove BFW and Landy's Ledge, both spectacular wall dives. Before leaving the dock, we noticed an unusual abundance of salps congregating around the slips. Every few years we see a bloom of these planktonic tunicates.
I shot the salps photo above from the dock, just dunked my camera in and started shooting. The water was thick with them. Below, Robert Landy is holding one. They are surprisingly weighty, gelatinous and mostly translucent. They do not sting.
However, the photography sweet spot for BFW is not necessarily the wall itself, but the band of terrain just below the seaweed at the rolling cusp of the slope down to the wall. Here is a stretch of vibrant pink granite accented by palmate sponges. It looks like the landscape from a science fiction movie.
On the ride home, we were treated to this spectacular view. You can book a trip to either of these locations with Cape Ann Divers. Happy Diving!
Alex Shure: SCUBA enthusiast, fish nerd, camera guy.