This weekend was a treat for the divers in New England. The visibility seemed to be amazing out there, reports saying ~50-70 ft at Chester Poling, allowing best ever photos of the wreck probably.
The same goes with the Peirce Island. In contrast to our experience last week with 2-3 ft of viz this, this time I can easily say the viz was in 30ft range. Such big freedom to have that and not losing your buddies while taking pictures.
Once again it was a beautiful dive with all the nudibranchs, mating, partying, laying eggs. There were so much more eggs around this week. I saw a few nudis sitting on egg ribbons, I’d like to think that I busted them laying eggs :). Also I saw a new kind of nudi here, Onchidoris bilamellata. There were two different kinds of egg ribbons next to it. The thicker one belongs to this species. The spiral shaped egg ribbon probably belongs to Flabellina verrucosa
I could also get a few shots of the sea gooseberries, which were slightly bigger at this site then Fort Wetherill yesterday. It looks like when they get freaked out they tuck those long tentacles back and wrap around themselves.
Overall beautiful day of Peirce Island diving. We have been abusing this site now. We’ve been away from Cape Ann area too long. We need to go to Cape Ann and say “hello” to Mary (@CAD) 🙂
bottom T: 40 F
Max depth: 52 ft
Dive duration: 53 min