“Let’s just get this shit over with” is not something I said only once at the beginning of a dive. Actually, if it is winter time, if I am diving dry, that’s the last thing you will hear me say before I start bubbling. As years go by and the pounds build up, shore diving with drysuit and camera gear gets too overwhelming. But you gotta do what you gotta do. So, past Saturday I got shit over with. 😀
The week before I had some stress at the beginning of the dive so I had to cut it short. It was due to cold. My gloves were leaking, so with the fear of freezing my head never got used to the cold, I started breathing heavily, eyes started to hurt, the drysuit started to choke. That dive lasted 5 mins. Having that experience, I wasn’t sure how this dive was going to be, but it turned out great. I gave myself 40 min tops, but ended up doing 59 min dive. It was a nudi safari, great variety of bigger than normal nudis everywhere.
The dive was great. Dan and I dove the right side of the Folly Cove, just because we didn’t want to spend time and body heat trying to get to the wall. And we were satisfied with our decision. Big chunky nudis were everywhere. It is a special treat when you see a nudi species for the first time. Very delicate and elegant looking Ancula gibbosa was on our path on the way back. And there is nothing better to warm you up, or distract you from the cold, than some cool creature you want to take bazillion photos of. 🙂
As usual for the early spring, underwater was full of creepy crawlies, worms, bugs, you name it. They were all creeping and crawling and floating. I managed to see a rock gunnel and a flounder among them. Soon the nudis will leave and these fish will be everywhere…
I recently bought +12 supermacro wet lens. I tried it during one dive before and it was quite unsuccessful, I realized that it really has a learning curve. With this dive, and help with online documentations and forums, I started to get better photos and I am loving it. I am looking forward to summer with ridiculous close ups of all kinds of animals out there 🙂
Buddy: Dan H.
15ft, 59min, 39min, 10-15ft viz