Friday, March 25, 2005

What's Under the Surface?

I don’t fish, I get seasick on the shortest of boat rides (the trip to Block Island can be trying without the proper OTC medication), and I don’t dive, so learning about what’s happening on and under the water can be a challenge. In the 1980s and ‘90s I spent hours interviewing fishermen and, when I could find them, divers for first-hand accounts of what they catch and see.

Today I came upon a blog written by a diver who apparently lives on Long Island’s north shore. Much of it is of interest only to divers – posts about wet suits and dry suits and whatever – but this one is an interesting account of what there is to see off Mount Sinai and Cranes Neck, and in Smithtown Bay, among other places.

There is something marvelous that happens when land, sea and structure all come together with changing tides. Besides the massive currents that can develop, marine life seems to gravitate in frenzy to these locations. Often the depths are no greater than 30' but in that 30’ a scuba diver can experience diversity like nowhere else in the north east. Stripers, Lobsters, Eels, Black fish, fluke, flounder, and bluefish all piled up in one dive. And don’t forget the opportunity to find some Indian artifacts or memoirs from Long Island’s early shipping era.

Click the link above and read more.


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