A little hesitant, I took the monster camera out to Folly Cove this day. Folly Cove is one of the ankle breaker sites with never ending little slippery rocks, a big danger to weak ankles (like mine), even when you don’t carry 20 lbs delicate equipment. And, now that I am carrying this, I know that if I feel like I am losing balance I would just throw myself under it so that it lands safe 😀
We started the dive at the high tide, it wasn’t bad; but also, there were some sand brought in by the storms, which made it easier to get in and out, even for the second dive. To make it easier for the second dive I just left the camera in the water between the dives. Who does that?! 😛
We did two dives, first on the left, second on the right. Both dives were amazing. First dive started with swarming stripers in the shallows. With the sun shining down, reflecting also from the scales of the stripers it made a beautiful sight. I spent quite a bit of time playing with them. And then I noticed a cutest tiny little fish, a baby lumpfish! Such a baby! I chased it, probably too much, before I lost it and then I continued with the dive. But I was already quite happy with the dive before I even hit 6 ft. 😀
Rest of the dive we kept finding more and more lemon nudis at different size, with different colorations, some on the rocks, some squirming away on the sand. There were also a few really beautifully colored, healthy rock gunnels. At the deeper end we were pleased to see a searaven in brown coloration.
Second dive we headed to the right side, swam into the deeper parts. We started noticing the northern puffers appearing, and as we spent time taking photos, few more showed up. We spent lots of time playing with them. On the way back we came across a striking red colored young searaven.
So little did we know. We thought we saw lots of puffers in our dives and we were so happy. However, this night was the night when dozens (?) of divers experienced puffer palooza for the first time, the puffer palooza which rocked the scuba community. Maybe we should have stayed for a night dive?
Buddy: Andrea D.
#439: 45ft, 120min, 52F; #440: 35ft, 78min, 53F