Nothing beats an awesome dive on a day you skipped work. You know all those losers are miserable at work and you are underwater, watching the sun rays coming through. It was definitely a good decision to ditch work today.
Bert and I hit the Folly Cove at low tide, though it felt fairly easier to get into the water. I may even say now I may like low tide better than the high tide because you don’t have to do that much of a surface swim to the wall. I need to weigh which one I hate most, walking on the slippery rocks with all the drysuit stuff or doing the surface swim…
While the water looked ridiculously clear from the top once we entered it was a mess, the viz was probably 3-5 feet. As we proceeded along the wall soon enough we passed the thermocline and the viz became significantly better, 10-15 feet. There were so much life today on the wall, of course all the anemone, flounders, skates, crabs, moon snails. I always like seeing rock gunnels and how they disappear in fraction of a second. I rarely see radiated shannies but today I saw two of them, yay! And finally I met the torpedo ray of the Folly Cove!!! It was time, I was looking for that dude, even made special dives just to find it in last 2 years, and today was my lucky day. We finally found it, it was lying on, or under, the sand, sleeping. I was finally there to give it a little kiss between the eyes to wake it up from its deep sleep but then Bert stopped me, reminding me that I was not in a fairy tale. Oh well, then I took its pictures, made a few rounds hoping it to wake up in the mean time, but it didn’t. It was sleeping so sound that I bet it was snoring :).
Another high point of the dive actually earlier in the dive. There was a brand new lobster trap near the wall. As we were passing by we realized that there was a big cod stuck inside. The trap was empty other than that, probably it was put recently and by the time the fishermen take it out the cod would be dead. So Bert had to do the rather illegal thing to save the poor guy, opened the trap and released the cod. Poor thing was so scared that even after opening the trap it was trying to hide in a the corner. But we said “No cod! Live free or die!” so Bert released it. Sad thing is, as we always see in the movies or animal videos, there is always a moment of connection with the hero and the victim. Nope, not this time. That cod swam away not looking back once.
Sometimes you don’t need to see a special creature to have an awesome dive. The colors, the light shining through the waves, the sound of water makes it an amazing experience. But with the creatures of the water we get to observe it becomes so much more special. It was one of those special days in Folly Cove.