The first day of spring greeted us with a snowy morning. Is the dive still on? Hell yeah! We don’t get to go to Nahant that often, so definitely we are going. Nahant is one of the interesting sites in greater Boston area, which provides interesting rock formations, as we heard from other people. We had attempted to dive it past October, and due to 3 inch visibility all divers except me got out after 3 mins, I was happily diving, however I could not find those awesome rocky formations, just a shanny and cool purple algae.
This time we were diving with a pro of the site, Mike Macdonald. He had done his mapping assignment for his dive master training here, so he knew exactly where everything was. He even provided us the cool map he prepared (see Below).
The mission was to get to the Chimneys. Mike had half a tank so we were not to waste time on the way and shoot straight to the target point. Mike didn’t know that we were just chilling kind of divers :). Many times I lost his sight in front of me and few times he had to come back to gather us. Finally after a decent amount of swimming time we reached the chimneys. These are big rock formations and one of them had a vertical swim through. It is fairly tight swim through, you need to be calm and slowly rise keeping an eye on the opening. It was really cool. There were a lot of critters around these big rocks. I could see a few kinds of nudibranchs, though the sizes were nowhere close to the ones in Peirce Island. Probably the biggest one I saw was quarter of an inch :), cuties…
Soon I felt cold, we decided to go back. As we were swimming back my reg started to free flow and I had to dart to the shore. I am glad that the airflow was not too high that I could come to the shore without air running out.
In this dive I used my camera with two Sealife lights, both with flexible extensions. I hated it! It was too bulky, when I wanted to get close to the little things these arms were hindering what I wanted to do. I just couldn’t use it. On top of that the setting of my camera was off, again, the shutter speed was set to 1/40s, and I just couldn’t change it underwater with huge gloves on frozen hands. So I have quite disappointing photos from this dive 🙁
Overall, Chimneys at Canoe Beach in Nahant was a nice dive, I will definitely want to come back here soon and hopefully spend more time near the chimney. Also I want to get to the adjacent dive site, 40 steps.
The critters of the day:
Baltic isopod (yuck), Flabellina verrucosa (nudi), Adalaria proxima (nudi), daisy brittle star, decent sized lobster, frilled anemone, clam worm, slime worm.
10-15 ft viz