It’s always welcome news if someone is offering to go diving at the UNH Pier in New Hampshire. This site is not too far, about a mile, from Doggy Park, located on Peirce Island. And although UNH Pier is also a tide-dependent dive, this site, compared with Doggy Park, has few welcoming amenities, closer parking to the entrance, nearby facilities, and more straightforward underwater navigation.

Andrea and I decided to dive at the UNH Pier due to the convenience of the upcoming tide schedule. According to the plan, we had to be in the water at 3:30 PM, so Yuliia and I had an hour to spare when we parked by the shore.

UNH Pier, NH

UNH Pier, NH

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After many years of trouble-free service, my Ikelite underwater housing started to show the wrong light compensation values. And no matter what I was trying to do, I couldn’t fix it. I contacted Ikelite and had to send the housing for overhaul.

Shag-rug nudibranch • Aeolidia papillosa

Shag-rug nudibranch (Aeolidia papillosa)

Therefore, I was diving with my backup setup – Olympus TG6. Over Christmas, Backscatter had on sale their Mini Flash 2 flashlight, advertising it as “the perfect micro strobe for any camera.” I got it and now I was ready to test it. I must add that Matt Wills landed me his snoot, designed to accommodate the aforementioned strobe. Thus, I was armed and ready for a battle… I thought.

Shag-rug nudibranch (Aeolidia papillosa)