I got my drysuit back from Divers Cove. The new boots are installed, I got new pair of dry gloves and Fourth Element two piece undergarments. We were planning a dive for Molly’s birthday on 10th but the Nor’easter hit the coast so one by one we bailed on the dive. Too bad, it would be a nice day to get together again and have a nice dive.
Since diving started I became even more obsessed with weather forecast. I keep checking the weather maybe more than once every day. And this week the weekend, especially sunday looked quite promising. Low wind from north-west and decently “warm” temperature at low 40s.
Thankfully Dan is always up for a dive, even though he is a new dad now. It was two of us as divers at the Back Beach and we had Bert for land support. We started to get ready without much-ado. I put on my undergarments and wow! I was feeling really warm. We finally got ready and got into the water. From the ramp entrance on the left we took a~80 degree bearing towards the island.
The moment I put my head in the water, shit!, it was cold and gave immediate headache. It is awesome that our bodies adapt to certain conditions and after 5 min I got used to the cold, good. We had a nice 61 min dive where the lowest temperature I had was 42 F. It might be the lowest I ever experienced. Surprisingly the undergarments kept my torso quite warm but at the end I was quite frozen due to cold-numb hands, so I am guessing winter diving is not my thing. However, I would do this again once I forget how cold I felt. Probably in a few weeks 😛
The highlight of the dive was the lumpfish/lumpsucker Dan pointed at the very beginning of the dive. This little creature was so cute, running away from my camera with its crazy running tiny fins. This was the second time I saw this little cute thing, but the first time doesn’t count because I had no idea what I saw and it disappeared immediately.
In addition to the cutie, we saw a single lobster and a crab who didn’t get the memo about winter migration. Also I saw a tiny rock gunnel, hiding under the blanket of white tunicate, barely moving. It must be feeling very cold, poor thing.
I was hoping to see at least a few nudibranchs, but I guess it is still early for them.
It was an easy dive at the Back Beach at low tide with 10-15 ft visibility, 25ft depth for 61 mins. I had wrong settings on my camera, so not happy with the photos 🙁 Note to self: stop messing around with the camera above water, you don’t change the settings back and you get shitty photos…