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.