If we were to go all the way up to northeast Maine for puffin trip we had to plan few extra days for Eastport for diving. We have been there only once and really enjoyed the variety and the color and since we’ve been looking forward to another chance.
We had planned 4 dives in two days but the laziness took us over one early morning so ended up doing only three dives, one at Old Pier and two at Dawsons. We both remember Dawson St site being much more full of life and wolffishies, that’s why we wanted to go there twice, despite the fact that the currents are stronger and less predictable.
Despite the beauty of the surface conditions we faced really bad viz underwater. You will understand how bad it was from the amount of dust on the hydroids in my photos.
Maybe affected by bad underwater conditions I was little disappointed by the marine life underwater. Compared to 4 years back I found the abundance of life and variety much limited. Or maybe I just didn’t see anything due to bad viz. But we were also told by a local gentleman that they have seen the New England Aquarium people coming and getting tanks full of creatures for their own disposal. That’s sad.
Regardless we both enjoyed the dives and what we saw. For sure you cannot see the amount of northern anemones you see in Eastport anywhere else in New England (As far as I know). In three short dives we saw a few ocean pouts, I had seen one last when I visited here 4 years ago. The season for nudis is never over here and you are likely to see some species you have never seen in south. Not underwater but, I also found a really cool moth munching nectars right at Dawson St entrance. Since we were getting ready for the dive it counts as part of the dive 🙂
It was great two days with three dives and bunch of searching for whales and porpoises and seals and bees and butterflies. We should be back soon, maybe in three years this time 😀
Buddy: Bert P.
50F 54ft 41min, 51F 42ft 44min, 50F 44ft 54min