Wow, it has been almost 3 months since I entered cold waters of New England. In between I enjoyed decently cool waters of North Aegean Sea in Turkey, in 14 dives, with my sister, that was amazing time. Since I do not have a drysuit, I was hesitant to get in the water this time of the year. But Saturday was quite warm, so wanted to take a chance, glad that we did.
To make sure to be warm enough we hit the site around noon, there were quite a few divers, all excited to see the new nudibranch we have in our waters, which is recently seen in Folly Cove. I was one of them, actually that was the reason I wanted to dive. We had a mission.
We did a surface swim to the left wall and just before decent I realized that I dropped my light, so spent ~half hour tracking back to find my light. During this time, surprisingly I was feeling quite warm (in my 7+7 wetsuit). At some point I gave up and told Bert that we should continue with our mission. As I had started to lose some body heat we had a relatively short dive, ~38min. But, the “hawkeyes” Bert found the nudi we were looking for, pulled me from my fins and allowed me to immortalize the moment with a few snapshots. It was just time, because I was feeling cold and was about to ask him to turn back. I needed some more body heat to continue looking for my light.
Had a nice swim back, caught some hermit crabs in action. Saw some tiny red gilled nudis along with regular critters like northern crabs, sand dollars, etc. Again, just when I gave up the search “hawkeye” Bert grabbed my attention with my light in his hand. He was definitely the hero of the dive <3
Overall we had way more than one hour time in the water, most of it I was feeling quite warm. The toes always freeze and lose sensation after winter dives, I know one day the little one won’t gain the feeling back. That will be a sad day, but not this time 🙂
Even though we didn’t have a usual dive we got to see a rock gunnel, two searavens, a few tiny nudis, the new lemon nudi. I would call it a success, anytime.
17ft, 38min, 45F, 10-15ft viz
Dive buddy: Bert