I woke up to a nasty weather. It looked cold and it was rainy. I already had awesome dives yesterday and the bed was so freaking comfortable. I could totally afford to have an off-dive day. But then I had to drive to Boston later anyway, so I peeled myself of the bed, if I was to drive that distance I should at least do a dive. Later I was to find that it was the best decision! The drive started rainy but as soon as I entered Cape Ann area I saw the blue skies. Folly Cove looked amazing, we had high tide and the water was so calm. I still did not know what was awaiting us.
We did two long dives, the temperature was ~52F, the visibility was around 8-10 ft. For the first dive we chose the left wall, as usual. It was beautiful just how it is all the time. Many crevices, walls covered with colorful sea weed and hidden frilled sea anemone farms. We saw plenty rock gunnels and tiny sculpins (grubbies?). At the surface swim back, on the sandy area we saw the most amazing thing, a juvenile flying gurnard, a tropical. It had big “wings” with blue colorings at the tips. It is a tropical fish, it could be seen upto NJ however it must have lost its way somewhere and ended up modeling for two underwater photographer, who enjoyed the shoots way too much. and after we left the little guy we saw a summer flounder and a windowpane flounder and a homeless hermit crab!
For the second dive we decided to go for the small reef located at the center of the cove (if you enter from towards right side of the cove take a 20 degree bearing, it should take you to the reef). Again so much life at the reef. Before getting to the reef few pipefish came our way. At the reef again we saw many rock gunnels. And the cool part was two rock gunnels, Dan showed me, hiding in the same crevice. It looked like a two headed monster peeping out :).
From the reef, with west bearing, we found the left wall for the return. This time, on the sandy cross-over to the shore we saw a really pretty juvenile sea robin, colored totally black. For 10-15 minutes we harassed this little guy. At the end of the day I came home with 235 photos. It was hard to pick and choose, not because they were all good photos, because I wanted to share every minute of this awesome dive. I guess I could only reduce it to 40 or so photos 🙂
So the moral of the story is you never know what you are going to get in a dive. Sometimes dives you start with zero expectations may end up the best dive ever. All we can wish for it the reciprocal is not to happen as often.