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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 5-12 Sept. 2015 2015
Air Temp. 80-93+ F
Water Temp. 85-88 F
2nd Captain Ernie
Dive Master Kathy
Keili, Beatrice, Arnold, Buddy, William, Rose, Duane, Richard, David, April and Wayne
Sunday – Carb Reef, Jewfish Wall, Barracuda Shoals
Monday – Whales Tail, Austin Smith, Hammerhead Gulch
Tuesday – Pillar Wall, Amberjack Reef
Wednesday – Wall City, 3 Peaks Reef, Parrotfish Reef
Thursday – Danger Reef, Shroud Wall, Blacktip Wall, Plane Wreck
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday September 5th
It was a picture perfect afternoon when the guest boarded the Carib Dancer. Once guests were settled onboard, we depart our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay for the Exuma Islands.
Sunday September 6th
The first dive of the week was Crab Reef, where we saw Hairy Blennies, Saddle Blennies, Schools of Snappers, Spadefish and lots of Silversides in a few of the Canyons and small Swim Thru. Jewfish wall was the next stop this morning. Our guest enjoyed lots of Swim Thru’s, Angelfish, a school of about 25 Spadefish and a pair of Eagle Rays. We finished the day with a shallow very colorful dive on Barracuda Shoals. While swimming around and between these coral heads we saw, Hidden Cup Coral, Artichoke Coral, several types of Parrotfish, Pipefish and large Roughtail Stingrays.
Monday September 7th
Most of the walls in the Northern Exuma’s have several swim thru’s to enjoy. Our next stop Whales Tail Wall has one of the longest. It starts in about 25 feet of water and after swimming just over 100 feet you exit the wall into the Blue Exuma Sounds in about 80 feet of water. There always seem to be lots of large creatures on the wall but when we slowed down we saw hundreds of small creatures like Flamingo Tongue, Knobby Scallop and Atlantic Wing-Oysters. Silversides while enjoying the swim thru’s, Caribbean Spiny and Slipper Lobsters. Next was the Wreck of the Austin Smith. While diving the Austin Smith we has small Nassau and Tiger Groupers come in close as well as a few Angelfish. But the excitement really started when about 8 Caribbean Reef Sharks swam sometimes within inches of guest and crew giving everyone an excellent chance to get some nice pictures and videos of Sharks. Hammerhead Gulch was where we finish the afternoon and night. The Gulch as the Captains in the area knows, is covered with shallow coral head. It’s a tidal dive, which brings in lots of water from the Exuma Sound to clean the reef. Because it’s tidal we can only dive Hammerhead Gulch during a slack tide or falling. And today it was perfect for us to enjoy seeing several types of Rays, Lobsters, Crabs, Nurse Sharks, Sharptail Eel and Octopus. We can’t wait to dive the Gulch again!
Tuesday September 8th
We started the day on the northern end of Highborne Cay on the dive site Pillar Wall. During the dive, my dive buddies and I enjoyed seeing Mysid Shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp and a very small Pederson Cleaner Shrimp as well as Lobsters, Black Coral, Colorful Sponges and a few Sharks. After Pillar Wall the Carib Dancer made way south to the Exuma Land & Sea Park where we spent the afternoon and night on Amberjack Reef. During our time underwater we saw schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Snappers, Large Black Groupers, Parrotfish and several Caribbean Reef Sharks swam for a close up of divers. The Lobsters, which were huge, here must know they are in a protected park because they were just walking around in the open. Last by not least was the Spotted Eagle Ray that swam near a couple of guest.
Wednesday September 9th
We started the day on Wall City a very high profile set of coral heads that sit on the edge of a deep wall. We encountered schools of Bar Jack, Black Jacks, Atlantic Spadefish, Cero Mackerel and deep under a ledge a Spotted Moray Eel. After enjoying Wall City we headed back to the west for 3 Peaks Reef. These coral mounds that make of 3 Peaks Reef are covered with a variety of Gorgonians and Stony Corals as well lots of fish and creatures. In the sandy area we saw Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Jawfish and Garden Eels. While swimming in other areas we came across Queen Triggerfish, Mangrove Tunicate, Lettuce Sea Slug and Caribbean Spiny Lobsters. Our last stop of the day was Parrotfish Reef. Parrotfish is a great late afternoon and night dive, which is why we enjoyed a plethora of marine Life, such as Channel Clinging Crabs, Small Yellow Stingray, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Spotted Moray Eels.
Thursday September 10th
We started our last full day of diving with a few Caribbean Reef Sharks on Danger Reef. It’s always fun when the first dive of the day includes Sharks and Large Groupers and that is just what happen to us as we splashed Danger. We also saw Lobsters, Beaded Fireworm, Encrusting Octopus Sponge and 3 Hawksbill Turtles. As we made our way north we stopped at Shroud Wall. The large wall supplied us with a huge variety of juvenile fish. My favorite was the Diamond Blenny, Golden Crinoid and the Roughtail Stingray that let me get within inches of him. After leaving the Exuma Land & Sea Park we made way to Blacktip Wall. Today on Blacktip Wall we saw Large Groupers, Schools of Spadefish near the mooring line, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Channel Clinging Crabs, a variety of hard and soft corals, sponges and a few Caribbean & Blacktip Sharks. We finished the day on the Plane Wreck just off Ship’s Channel. The Plane Wreck is always a good after noon and night dive and today was no exception. Seeing Sand Divers, Giant Anemone, several types of crabs and lots of Stingrays.
Friday September 11th
We finished our week on diving the Bahamas with a pre-breakfast dive on the Blue Hole. We saw schools of Grunts, Snappers, Angelfish, Trumpetfish, a Big Loggerhead Turtle, several Nurse Sharks and 50 plus little Sharks come out of the hole while we swam around. Great way to finish the week diving on the Carib Dancer!
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Carib Dancer Crew