Had a day off this fine Sunday. Booked the boat out Sundays & Mondays in high summer to do some long trips, research, maybe build summer reef..
Met friends & crew down the boat at the crack of (way after) dawn and snuck on off the beach some. Found a wonderful mixed pod of common & Atlantic spotted dolphin; and later a huge ocean sunfish (mola mola) that’d had a recent run in with a large, sharp propeller. Offering photo ops galore, it laid right next to the boat only going deep enough to get under.
Also found a new piece of rocky bottom – always a plus; and observed survey boats where I really think they have no business. “Export Cables” through coral beds?
NOAA: Sounders have no affect on fish & ain’t enough coral to worry over.
One of these days…..
Some deeper thoughts on our ignorance of the Mid-Atlantic’s ecosystems tomorrow.
Capt Monty Hawkins
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