After a whole week of Nor’Easter hitting the coast, it was iffy to do any dive this weekend. Many dive shops canceled their dives. We heard that last Friday the viz at Stage Fort Park was 2 inches!! Saturday the weather looked awesome in Worcester, it was sunny, much warmer and the wind was quite low. We were considering doing a high tide dive at Cathedral but could not be sure. After phone calls to Undersea Divers and Cape Ann Divers for dive reports we decided it may not be enjoyable nor safe to dive.
I used the day for a drive up to Undersea Divers to give a second chance to the DUI drysuit. I was getting fidgety about end of the dive season as the leaves were falling down and the temperature was dropping. I desperately needed a drysuit to expand my dive limits. This time I tried the suit with thick undergarments and it did not feel as bad as I thought it was (my brain quickly worked on changing my perceptions). I finally decided to buy the suit, a DUI suit in really good condition for 400$ !!! Sean, who was helping me with my purchase threw in a dry suit bag for me. AND he said he could throw in an undergarment. Unfortunately the one he found was small for me so I couldn’t get that one. But at the end of the day I was probably happiest diver in the Cape Ann area that day 🙂
I wanted to try my new drysuit and luckily Jim, our divemaster for Mass Diving Shore dives, decided not to cancel the the sunday dive. In the morning we decided to go to Stage Fort Park, based on the yesterdays report for 10ft viz.
We reached the dive site and we saw a baby seal resting on the rocks formed by the middle reef at low tide!!! Man, it was going to be best dive ever! Not only having a decent dive at Stage Fort Park but seeing a seal? This year I have dove at Salvages and have not seen a single seal under water! This was my chance!
We got our gear on, got in the water, took our bearing for the reef (190). The viz was in 10 ft range, once in a while would drop to 2 ft but would dart out and get to better viz again. I tried to swim fairly fast towards the reef so that I could catch the seal. Once I got close to the reef I surfaced and saw that the seal was gone :(. I immediately went under, looked around but could not find it. Oh well! It was still good excitement. Rest of the dive I was circling among the big boulders/rocks at the reef, once in a while greeting the school of juvenile pollocks. I would chase these guys whenever I see them, hoping I would coincide with the seal (it must have gotten hungry sitting under the sun so long. I know sun always makes me hungry). But, still no luck. However, at the end it was a really nice dive with bunch of frilled anemones, pollocks, crabs, moon snails and golf balls. It was interesting that I could not see any of the northern cerianthids or the baby sculpins I saw during last weeks dive, nor the lobsters other guys saw.
When I came out of the water, decently warm, I was dry! The neck seal worked perfectly and there were only slight moisture on my wrists. However, the boots attached to the suit were too big, getting loose during the dive, making my feet very uncomfortable. This needs to be sorted out soon…
After the dive we stopped by White Beach, heard there was a tuna hit the shore. Yeah, it was still at the beach, in much worse condition then i thought it would be. Poor thing, I wonder what happened to it, and why nobody ate it after it was dead…