IT WAS A WEEK OF WONDERS…beautiful weather, great campers, and good finds, plus a special event. As most of you know, I am a serious swimmer and have many friends who share that activity. One of my friends swam out to Seguin Island last Friday, celebrating the 10th anniversary of a previous swim to that island to celebrate the 200th year of that historic lighthouse that sits atop Seguin Island. She asked me to join her, but I declined since I am not acclimated to the cold water, necessary for the 1+ hour swim. I did go down and see her off, as you see in this picture. It was a perfect morning for the swim - calm waters, tide going out, misty skies, and diving terns for diversion! She had another swimmer for company, and several kayakers, plus a motor boat to help out if hypothermia set in. Maybe you read about her swim in the TIMES RECORD. As you look in the picture to the left, that is Seguin out on the horizon. Just in front of it, is a lobster boat assigned to accompany the swimmers. One kayaker is to the left of the motor boat, while another is still trying to launch through the waves. Where are the swimmers? Those low splashes between the two kayaks.

Instead of swimming, I met my appointed snorkel rounds down at Bounty Cove and was grateful for some enthusiastic divers to share the waters on the north end of the island. We had some great finds, just about everything from lobsters to sand shrimp, and a bevy of large Hermit Crabs. The most interesting find was a sea slug, called a Maned Nudibranch, seen here. It shares many characteristics with its relatives the snails, except for the shell. Its back is covered with gills that make it look like the mane of a horse, I suppose. The sea slug at the left is only about an inch long, so you have to know what to look for. Many of the marine invertebrates can be mistaken for seaweeds. I've always though the anemones look like blossoming flowers! Sharing space on a rock was another Chiton, both revealed when a Kelp holdfast was pulled free with the rock attached.

So between ocean swimming in 54 degree water, and snorkeling in warmer inland waters, it was a memorable week. Join me in upcoming sealife and wildlife hunts on this beautiful island. 7/16/05 All Wet Ronnie