Cape Ann Divers took a group of us yesterday to look for the wreck of the Patriot that was (and still is) MIA. After sweeping the area for an hour or so, we came up empty and decided to press on to a couple of established dive sites. The Captain took us to the wreck of the North Star and then to an unnamed wreck on the way back. It was roasting hot out and the seas were flat as can be. The North Star rests about 100FSW and was teeming with wildlife, A fantastic advantage to diving offshore. 3 wolfish, 1 cod and dozens of sculpin populated a 30 foot diameter around the mooring line. The head of the wolfish below was about the size of a basketball. This photo was taken with my fisheye lens at around 17mm. I wanted to put my hand next to her for perspective, but was nowhere near brave enough.
The unnamed wreck was interesting, and covered with fishing debris. The current was strong but manageable. I played it safe, and stayed within sight of the mooring.
Alex Shure: SCUBA enthusiast, fish nerd, camera guy.