It was a crazy group with Mass Diving this Sunday. Bert had 20 people in his dive lead at Old Garden Beach. I really don’t like diving with crowd. Glad that my regular dive buddies were there so that we could dive separately. At the end I lost them anyway, so it all worked out 😛
Two dives at Old Garden Beach, the conditions were quite random, the viz would range between 3 ft to 15 ft. The water felt cold but still manage 75 min of dive with wetsuit.
As I always say, almost every dive I see something new. And this time was no exception. Few minutes after we decent, we saw a face buried in the sand. First I thought it was a big searobin, they have been around a lot this year. They don’t get startled that easily, so I was getting ready with my camera, which was on wrong settings(!), and there it came off the sand, a big northern puffer!!! I have never seen those up here. So cute, quickly flipped away. No photo, nothing! Oh well…
We continued our dive, we swam beyond the reef, onto the sandy area. Hoping to find the goose fish again, or maybe a torpedo ray. We couldn’t see those, but on a pole, covered with hydroids we saw bunch of nudibranchs. A lot of them, so late in the season. That was another surprise in the dive. Happy to be surprised we turned around due to cold and half tank, on the way back witnessed a hermit crab molting! That was another first for me, again! Before the dive was over we were greeted by bunch of stripers at the shallows, always a good way to end a great dive.
We got back in for a second dive, that was quite uneventful, just zen.
This weekend I was happy to be back in the water after two week break. The summer is almost over, and few weeks left, at least to be able to dive with wetsuit. Hope to get more in before winter comes.