Log Date: Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
Entry By: Carib Crew
Carib Dancer Captains Log 11-18 April 2015
Air Temp. 74-79+ F
Water Temp. 75-77 F
Tim, John, Tony, Chris, Chuck, Irma, Carl, Anita, Juan C., Juan R., Agustin and Diego
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Crab Reef, Lobster No Lobster
Monday – Dog Rocks, Austin Smith, Hammerhead Gulch
Tuesday – Jewfish Wall, Washing Machine, Barracuda Shoals
Wednesday – Up Jump The Devil, Madison, Crab Mountain
Thursday – Blacktip Wall, Pillar Wall, Plane Wreck
The Carib Dancer stayed in for an early Sunday morning departure.
Long before the sun came up for the day the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay for our first dive site Periwinkle Reef. Periwinkle Reef is a shallow reef area that is covered with small fish that love to swim right up to divers. This is the perfect place to do a weight and buoyancy check. After playing with Threespot Damselfish, Sergeant Majors, a couple of Stingrays and schools of Snappers and Grunts we raised the anchor and headed for the Exuma Islands. Our first stop in the Exuma Islands was Crab Reef. I really enjoyed taking pictures of guest while they swam along the reef. Also in the cameras eye was Gorgonian Predators like the Flamingo Tongue and Bearded Fireworm, a school of about 80 Horse-Eye Jacks circled me while on top of one coral head. But my favorite was having a huge Roughtail Stingray swim up to me and feel my fingertips while I took some super close up pictures. We finished the day on Lobster No Lobster and there were lots of Lobsters today. We saw the Caribbean Spiny, the Spotted Spiny and the Slipper Lobsters. They were out in the open it was almost like they knew Lobster Season was over.
My favorite dive site in the Northern Exuma Islands is Dog Rocks. I love swimming in, out and through all the Swim Thrus and Canyons that this dive site has to offer. And that is just what we did this morning, add a Colorful Wall, a few Sharks and Turtle and it was an Awesome morning. We love Mondays on the Carib Dancer. After Dog Rocks we made our way south to The Wreck of the Austin Smith. The Austin Smith is an easy fun dive. Lots of marine like Moray Eels, Black, Nassau and Tiger Groupers and Angelfish. But we also enjoyed about 10 Caribbean Reef Sharks ranging in size of 3 feet to just over 6 feet in length. It made for an exciting dive when these Sharks swam inches away from guest. Hammerhead Gulch was for the afternoon and night dive. This dive site is shallow and very colorful. We encountered Southern and Roughtail Stingray, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles and large variety of Parrotfish was just a few things we saw. And a Surprise at the end as we were waiting for the last of the divers to finish exploring a we had a Shortnose Batfish swim up to our dive platform.
Jewfish Wall was our first stop to explore. Swimming along the edge of the wall we saw Sharks, Turtle, Mackerel and a Variety of Colorful Corals and Sponges. Swimming under the Carib Dancer there were Yellowhead Jawfish, Queen Angelfish and Townsend Angelfish, which are a hybrid between a Queen Angelfish and a Blue Angelfish. And one little Porcupinefish that stayed just out of reach for a good picture with the camera. Next it was time to ride the tide on the Washing Machine Dive. The Washing Machine Drift Dive is always fun and today it was fast. We drifted the dive through the Machine and its rise cycle and floating over Basketstar Reef took less than 25 minutes, which meant the current was fast. Everyone enjoyed speeding along seeing Nurse Sharks, Turtle and a Variety of other Marine Life. We just wished we had the time to do it twice. But it was time for the tide to change and we headed for our next dive site Barracuda Shoals. We encountered Stingrays, Turtle, Banded Coral Shrimps, Channel Clinging Crab and an array of Marine Life in an aquarium like atmosphere. Barracuda Shoals was a Very Colorful Relaxing Dive.
The Huge Wall and Deep Canyons of Up Jump The Devil is were we started the early morning. We also explored several very long swim thrus and gullies that are available for us while diving Up Jump the Devil. Mackerel, Silversides, Angelfish, Lizardfish and Groupers were just a few of the Marine Life we encountered. Madison Avenue was next and like always it was awesome, swimming with Barracudas, Jawfish, Red-Tipped Sea Goddess, Spotted Moray Eels and Octopus. On Crab Mountain not only did we see Channel Clinging Crabs, Yellowline Arrow Crabs, a few Neck Crabs but we also saw a variety of other Marine Life including a Hammerhead Shark.
After a filling breakfast we splashed on Blacktip Wall. When the local Captains talk about Blacktip Wall we all agree that we never know what we will see while diving the awesome wall. Today was no different we saw Groupers, A couple of Sharks, Mackerel, Hundreds of Creatures and two Loggerhead Turtles doing the dance. Well they we doing the dance before the big dance if you know what I mean. To finish an already good dive we had another Loggerhead Turtle at the mooring line waiting for us while we followed the line up for our safety stop. Today must be Turtle Day because while diving Pillar Wall not only did we see Mackerel, Jacks, Banded Coral Shrimps and several types of Parrotfish but also another huge Loggerhead Turtle. But The Best Encounter this week was by many of our guest when a Great Hammerhead about 7 feet in length swam within 8 feet of us. Everyone was Excited after that one. To finish the day we stopped at the Plane Wreck off Ships Channel. When we dive the Plane Wreck we always find lots of little creatures. Today we saw Turtles, Rays, Box Crabs and Very Young Juvenile Jackknife Fish that still ha d a lot of yellow color to it, which was a very nice fine!
We ended the week swimming with Turtles, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Several Types of Stingrays and a variety of fish. It was an excellent way to finish a great week of diving in the Bahamas.
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
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Carib Dancer Crew