For the last day of our divathon we hit the Peirce Island. It has been a while we came here last so it would be cool to see what is left from all those nudibranchs.
We arrived at the parking lot at the dog park and there was still a pile of left over snow from the winter, wow! All those 85-90 degree weather could not take those down completely, reminding us the crazy winter we left behind.
After gearing up we got into the water with an easy entry, much easier than folly cove yesterday. Make sure you put the fins on when you reach the thigh level because the bottom gets deep very quickly, it just disappears under your feet and you find yourself rolling if you don’t have your fins on yet. It would suck for you but could provide fun times for your buddies.
The visibility was not great, as expected from low tide, it was around 5-10 ft. Still it could be considered just around or below average for New England, so I won’t complain. I find myself very lucky to be able to see the whole transformation of life in this site. In early march we saw fields of tubular hydroids covers with mostly frabellina verilli and bushy back nudibranchs, biggest ones most of us ever seen. They were having hedonistic life style, rolling in delicious food and having crazy sex. Later the number of nudibranchs started to decrease and we get to see the fruit of all the mating, the field was covered with egg ribbons in the last dives I was here. I remember thinking there must be some fish having a feast over of these. This dive I saw very few nudibranchs, no verillis, mostly bushy back and one doto. I also saw very few eggs, compared the last dive. We have observed almost a whole life cycle of nudis here. I wonder what fraction of those eggs became food and how many became a beautiful nudibranch we would get to observe next year.
Probably this was the last Peirce Island dive of the season, will be back next year in spring to meet our pretty little friends.