The word of squid is out there. I got to see a tiny one two weeks ago. Last Sunday Todd reported that they were everywhere in Back Beach Saturday night. And on Tuesday MikeMac posted on FB that he saw 20-25 squids at Gun Rock Beach. We had to do something about that. So we got ready and head to Gun Rock Beach for wednesday night dive to meet MikeMac and Annie.
Gun Rock is mainly sandy beach, for more excitement during the dive you head to the rocky right side with 15 degree bearing and follow the rocks out to jetty. There are supposed to be many fish including stripers. This dive we didn’t get to the rocky area because sand is where the squid hang out.
The dive was a success, we saw 6-7 squids which were fairly big. One thing I found weird that all the squid we found were sitting on the sand. I am used to seeing them in the water column swimming around. So I want to know why they were sitting in the sand. Also where do they go during the day?
Another surprise of the dive was the windowpane flounder, which was everywhere. In Cape Ann area we don’t see those that often, winter flounder is our regular flounder. I wonder if Gun Rock divers get excited to see a winter flounder when they dive in Cape Ann. 🙂
After good encounters with squid, windowpane flounders swimming by, chasing the ocellate lady crabs, watching the decorator crab fixing its eye borrows we came out of the water. It was an awesome dive for 200th dive celebration.
Max depth: 14 ft
Bottom time: 59 min
Bottom Temp: 66 F !!!