local diving

First Dive Society of the Season. FINALLY!

So we all had a rough winter and we have all been itching to get back into the water with the hopes of it not being bone-chilling cold. But then we realize it’s New England and there is no other option than cold, so into the water we went! We kicked off our Dive Society Season with a dive at Old Garden Beach this past Sunday. We had a great turnout of new divers as well as welcoming back familiar faces. We were also happy to have Divemaster Sara document the first dive with her GoPro. Here is the review from Dive Master Eric Husgen, aka Captain Bubblemaker. How did he get the Captain Bubblemaker name you ask? Well here is how it originated. What’s your scuba name?
















Dive Society kicked off the Sunday morning season with a visit to Old Garden Beach. The sun broke through the clouds as we entered Rockport. There was a scarcity of fish, save for the school of minnows at the end, but we were treated to a sculpin, skate, lobsters and beautiful seaweed in living color.

On a heading of 40 degrees, we found the North end of the giant rock and circled it before heading back toward shore. Visibility was 20+ feet and temps ranged from 52 near the surface to 46 on the deep side of the rock. We bottomed out at 41 feet with 31 minutes bottom time.

Thanks to Bianca, TJ, Neil, Josh, Phil, Doug, Mark, Joe & Joe, and especially to Divemaster Sara for making this a great dive.

Respectfully, Captain Bubblemaker


Dive Society Group


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Dive Site Briefing

Summer Boat Dive Schedule is Announced!

We are excited to announce our summer boat dive schedule. All of the dives are 2-tanks dives and run $80. We will have a certified DiveMaster guide the dive and point out marine life to you. You do not have to have an Advanced Certification to join us on any of these dives! Come dive with us!

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June 7th   8:00am     Paddock Rock & Egg Rock   Dive Master: Eric Husgen

July 5th    8:00am    Folly Cove Left Side/Folly Cove Right Side  Dive Master: TBD

August 30th   1:00pm   Dry Salvages for both dives.  Dive Master: TBD

 (This is a great dive to see seals and catch lobster!)

Some things you must see on these dives:sculpin with crab


Photo: Andrew Martinez
Photo: Andrew Martinez


Photo: Andrew Martinez
Photo: Andrew Martinez












Photo: Val Feehan
Photo: Val Feehan
Photo: Tom Conway
Photo: Tom Conway

Local Marine Life: Atlantic Torpedo Ray

Our goal is to show you how great diving in New England is. We have begun to tell you about the local dive sites, now we want to show you what marine life you can see around here. From now on we will be featuring local marine life and give you tips on where to spot them! This week we talk about the Atlantic Torpedo Ray.

torpedorayterritoryThe Atlantic Torpedo Ray is found on both sides of the Atlantic. In the west, its territory ranges from Nova Scotia to Brazil. In the east, you can find them from Scotland to Morocco. We also have the opportunity to view and encounter these animals. You can find these rays locally at Folly’s Cove, Lane’s Cove, Plum Cove and the pigeon cove area of Rockport/Gloucester. They tend to hang out in waters of 30ft or deeper.

These animals are bottom dwellers. You will find them nestled and buried in the sand in the daytime. They are nocturnal animals, so you will find them out swimming at night, most likely on the hunt for food. They are generally docile creatures and seem to glide by when swimming.

ray2You can identify the Torpedo Ray by its large round body with a large paddle-shaped caudal fin. Their eyes are small and set apart. Both dorsal fins are located on the tail, one larger than the other. The electric organs are located on the pectoral fins on either side of the head, which gives the rays skin a honeycomb-like appearance. They are dark brown/gray and some might show light spots on its body. The average size is anywhere from 2ft-5ft and a weight of around 30lbs. The largest Atlantic Torpedo Ray was reported at 5.9 feet and a weight of 198 pounds!

The Torpedo Ray feeds on primarily large benthic and pelagic fish such as dogfish, flounder, small sharks and mullet. The rays feed by lying motionless on the sandy bottom until their prey is close enough to them where they can “pounce” on them, wrap their pectoral fins around the prey and send the electric shocks to kill the animal. They maneuver the prey to their mouth and swallow it whole. Their jaw can distend so it can swallow much bigger prey than most expect based on the width of the mouth when closed.

A large Torpedo Ray can deliver a shock of electricity ranging from 170-220 volts. To give you can idea of that power, a standard wall plug gives out about 120 volts. So you don’t want to get too close to these guys! Torpedo_peruana,I_RR3489

As a diver, you need to be cautious of what is around you, especially marine life. Make sure if you decide to lie on the sandy bottom to catch lobsters or to take a photo that one of these rays is not buried in the sand beneath you. Other than watching where you are going, these creatures do not pose any threat to you while diving. It is actually quite a treat to see one of these rays!

Folly Cove: Torpedo Ray Video