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CFDAlden
07-28-2009, 01:56
Hit the Isle of Shoals this past weekend. Went with a LDS charter, and was on the boat Deep sea fishing in New Hampshire and Maine - Seafari fishing charters (http://www.seafaricharters.com/). Crew was great, and very knowledgeable about the area!

4 dives over two days. I sat one out, as I wasn't feeling so great. Sick from the time I woke up. :(

A couple of pics:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/CFDAlden/2009%20Isle%20of%20Shoals/067_67.jpg

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/CFDAlden/2009%20Isle%20of%20Shoals/PICT0009.jpg
If anyone can ID the little critter to the right of the Urchin, I'd be greatful!

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/CFDAlden/2009%20Isle%20of%20Shoals/PICT0034.jpg

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/CFDAlden/2009%20Isle%20of%20Shoals/PICT0045.jpg

More in the album:
2009 Isle of Shoals pictures by CFDAlden - Photobucket (http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o10/CFDAlden/2009%20Isle%20of%20Shoals/)

MSilvia
07-28-2009, 10:59
If anyone can ID the little critter to the right of the Urchin, I'd be greatful!


It's a bit hard to make out, but I'm guessing it may be a blenny.

wgt
07-28-2009, 11:23
I was thinking that it might be a sculpin.




If anyone can ID the little critter to the right of the Urchin, I'd be greatful!


It's a bit hard to make out, but I'm guessing it may be a blenny.

MSilvia
07-28-2009, 12:38
Grubby sculpin was my first thought, but I couldn't make out any of the characteristic fins. It sort of looks like a tadpole with a striped tail to me, but it obviously isn't that. The size, absense of prominent fins, and stripes made me think blenny, but the head does look way too big... yeah, I'm going to change my answer.

I think it's a grubby sculpin with his pectoral fins against his body.

CFDAlden
07-29-2009, 01:31
It looked just like a striped tadpole. I do remember seeing fins, as he adjusted position. Not having a macro option can be a pain, lol. I took 10 pictures of the beast, and that's best of the lot.

turnpikemike
08-25-2009, 10:04
I think I've seen a few of those, but I've never really been able to identify which species they are, but it's definitely a sculpin. I would have thought shorthorn, but grubby might be a better guess. Here's a picture I took of what I think is the same fish, with a clearer view (I took it while snorkeling at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA).

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zLwkecT3XeE/SENDHtTWP0I/AAAAAAAABkY/L0XBhGrf7qo/s512/IMG_0496.JPG

MSilvia
08-25-2009, 11:30
(I took it while snorkeling at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA).

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zLwkecT3XeE/SENDHtTWP0I/AAAAAAAABkY/L0XBhGrf7qo/s512/IMG_0496.JPG
Where on that sand trap of a beach did you find something to look at?

MConnelly2
08-30-2009, 16:21
You DID bring home that bug in the last photo, yes?

CFDAlden
08-31-2009, 02:02
Not that one, but we did buy a slew of them for the divers in our group, and had a lobster boil for all. Grabbing bugs by hand in Maine is bad juju.

turnpikemike
09-08-2009, 10:43
Where on that sand trap of a beach did you find something to look at?

The very southern part of the beach, around the big rocks, right in front of the Ocean Club. It's actually a pretty good place to snorkel, and I've dived there several times, too. There are some good boulder patches around on the other side of the huge rocks, and there's usually something cool to see (I saw 7 or so pretty large tautogs last weekend). But the main reason I go is just that it's the closest beach I can easily get into since I live in Quincy.

MSilvia
09-09-2009, 12:57
Pretty shallow there... I imagine it's a high-tide-only situation, right?

Other beaches in the area to consider:
Gun Rock Beach in Hull, Black Rock Beach in Cohasset, and Sandy Beach in Cohasset. Parking can be tricky at the last two, but if you ever want to try them, give me a shout... I have a sticker.

Also, you might consider the Boston Harbor Islands... it's a quick ferry ride from Quincy.

turnpikemike
09-10-2009, 14:30
Gun Rock Beach in Hull, Black Rock Beach in Cohasset, and Sandy Beach in Cohasset. Parking can be tricky at the last two, but if you ever want to try them, give me a shout... I have a sticker.

Also, you might consider the Boston Harbor Islands... it's a quick ferry ride from Quincy.

Definitely pretty shallow, but it can be done even at low tide, if you don't mind a max depth of 16-17 feet. That's where I did most of my earlier dives just to get comfortable with my gear and things. Close to home, easy entry, shallow, easy parking (especially in the off-season). I have been meaning to check out Gun Rock for a long time, but whenever I want a slightly less-convenient dive, I talk myself into going down to Rhode Island or up to New Hampshire or something. I might have to take you up on the Cohasset offer sometime. I used to swim at Sandy Beach before I drove in through the right entrance and saw the $250 fine sign. That's a nice beach. Where do you dive in the Harbor Islands? My girlfriend and I just went out to Georges last weekend, and the water looked great on the seaward side.

MSilvia
09-14-2009, 16:05
Where do you dive in the Harbor Islands? My girlfriend and I just went out to Georges last weekend, and the water looked great on the seaward side.
I usually go with Boston Harbor Diving Company out of East Boston, but there are a lot of sites out there to see. There are fantastic scallop beds off Gallops island, cool canyons off the Brewsters, seal dives off Graves' ledge, several (broken up) wrecks around Lovell's and Grape Islands, and of course a ton of great wrecks and cool sites that are out of swimming range but great if you have a boat to dive from... hence BHDC. I haven't done a lot of shore diving out there, but there are definately a lot of beaches you could dive from, and most of the islands have seen a shipwreck or two (or more) over the years.