Frozen dog shit, mud & Peirce Island nudibranchs

The weather in Boston this weekend rivaled the arctic with air temperatures of -9F (-22C) and with strong winds making it feel closer to almost -20F (-28C!).   Not a great weekend for diving as you might imagine but few of us decided to brave it anyway and go diving on Monday (President’s Day) since it was holiday.  Unfortunately the air temperature on Monday wasn’t that much better than Saturday or Sunday; It was around 14F (-10c) when we entered the water if I remember but I think it finally…

Diving Peirce Island & nudibranchs

One of my favorite shore dives in New England is a site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire called Peirce Island on the Piscataqua River.  The Piscataqua River is technically not a river at all but a tidal estuary that has some of the fastest moving currents in the United States (around 4 knots 7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph according to Wikipedia) at it’s full force. As such this dive site can only be dove at slack tide after carefully evaluating currents.  You typically can only do one dive here before the currents are too strong.…

Caustic kitty litter: Bringing your rebreather to Cozumel redux

I decided to bring my rebreather down to Cozumel again since I was going to be there a month and wanted to get some deeper dives in. You can see my August trip report for more thorough information. As per usual I brought my rebreather on the plane as carry-on. I dive a rEvo II Mini which is about as travel friendly as any 45lb rebreather can be. After removing the tanks and stand I wrapped the entire unit in a grill cover to make unit look like a backpack…