Well, today we finally got in the water after the looooong winter! A group of 7 divers from the shop went diving at Ponquogue just before slack tide and had a great 30 minute dive. Water temp was 52 degrees, two of us were in dry suits while everyone else dove wet in 7mm suits. A half hour dive at that temperature is doable in a 7mm, one guy was brave enough to dive in a 5mm.
This time of year there is not an abundance of fish life hanging around though we did see some good sized black fish. The bottom, in some areas is a blanket of muscles. There was the usual abundance of crabs, starfish, sea urchins and plenty of moon snails moving around on the bottom. After making our way down the pilings of the old bridge, my buddy and I shot across to the new bridge and circled around one set of stanchions. Under the new bridge is where we saw the blackfish hanging out. At that point in the dive we were at roughly 25 minutes of bottom time and you could feel the tide starting to pick up. We made our way back to our exit point at just the right time avoiding any sort of mishaps with the tidal flow! All in all a great first dive of the year. We are hitting it again on May 23rd, this will be just before sundown, by then the water should be up a few more degrees!