Only after a week after the first sighting of the puffer palooza I could go back to Folly cove for a night dive, hoping that I could also experience the event that was never observed here prior to this year.
The dive started slow, very early on we came across a cornetfish, which is a regular sighting in RI but I have never seen in north shore before. A closer look at the animal made me realize that it wasn’t the frequent flyer, blue spotted cornet fish, but a different variety, red cornetfish, which I have never seen before. I do not think I noticed rapid color changes on blue spotted variety but this one could add vertical stripes on its skin on demand.
Soon after we started to see the more and more puffer fish, however nothing like the numbers what people had observed the week before. It was noticeable that most puffers had significant damage on their various fins, apparently puffer palooza had turned into puffocalypse at some point, many could not survive and the ones survived suffered severely. Regardless they did not lose the positive attitude and smile on those cute faces.
The main object of the dive was to see the puffers, but other creatures were welcomed. There were plenty of baby longfin squids, a butterfish (first for me), singular pollocks, cods, tomcods, a fierce oscillate lady crab and a pipefish.
This dive I used the wide angle lens with a dome port for the first time . It was a big difference to my general point of view during the dives, I am primarily a macro life diver and photographer. I must say I did enjoy this different style and finally could get a cornetfish fully in a frame 🙂
Buddy: Bert P.
#445: 21ft, 80min, 56F. ~20ft viz with lots of particulate in the water column