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Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 28 Nov - 5 Dec 2015
Air Temp. 75-80+ F
Water Temp. 77-81 F
Phillip, Francis, Toby, Carl, Steven, Debra, Arthur, Lynn, Harry, Kim, Dean, Linda and John
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Barracuda Shoals
Monday – Pillar Wall, Monolith, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Cut & Run, Split Coral Head
Wednesday – Swimming Pigs, Jeep Reef, Danger Reef
Thursday – 3 Peaks, Shroud Wall, Blacktip Wall, Austin Smith (Wreck)
Friday – Jewfish Wall
Saturday November 28th
It was a sunny but windy afternoon when guest boarded the Carib Dancer. After guest finish setting up their equipment and getting settled in their cabins, the crew served our guest a wonderful dinner. The guest enjoyed a cool November evening onboard the Carib Dancer.
Sunday November 29th
Long before the sun came up the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way east to her first dive site just off Rose Island called Periwinkle Reef. Three Large Colorful Coral Heads that are covered with a variety of Marine Life make up the dive site called Periwinkle Reef. With sand around these coral heads it was easy for guest to settle in the sand to adjust equipment or camera gear. While making sure all the bubbles went up guest was surrounded by Yellow Rays, Threespot damselfish, Sergeant Majors, Blue Chromis and many other small Tropical Fish and Creatures. Next the Blue Hole where we saw Triggerfish, Rough Fileclam, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Nurse Sharks, schooling Snappers, Grunts and a Loggerhead Turtle. After enjoying the Blue Hole we headed to the Exuma Islands and our first dive site there was Barracuda Shoals. We saw several Stingrays, Lobsters, Trumpetfish, Blue Encrusting Social Tunicate, Spotted Moray Eels and Big Bertha the Barracuda hanging under the Carib Dancer.
Monday December 1st
We started this Monday morning diving on Pillar Wall. This is one of my favorite wall dives because we see a huge variety of marine life. Some of the marine life we enjoyed was Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Southern and Yellow Rays, Horse-Eye and Black Jacks, Neon Goby, Saddled Blennies, Angelfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Cero Mackerel and a few Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next for the guest of the Carib Dancer was Monolith Wall in Eleuthera. Monolith is a huge wall but we always see lots of small creatures like Beaded Anemone, Brown Encrusting Octopus Sponge and Medusa Worms. We also saw Lobsters, Rays, Black Coral, Rosy Razorfish and Tobaccofish. Tunnel Rock was our dive site for the late afternoon and night. There was so much Marine Life on Tunnel Rock we couldn’t possible lists them all. But here are some of them, Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Jawfish, Groupers and Snappers, Channel Clinging Crabs, Neck Crabs, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Octopus and our rare find today was a Post-Larval Surgeonfish.
Tuesday December 2nd
Diving next to a Plane Wreck and Encrusted Anchors on Cut and Run is how we started this Sunny Tuesday Morning. We also saw Black Coral, Long Purple Tube Sponges, Deep Water Sea Fans, Spotted Eel, Lettuce Sea Slug and Caribbean Reef Shark. For the afternoon we enjoyed diving a Colorful Wall and a Shallow Coral Head. We saw Rays, Schools of Creole Wrasse, Black Groupers, Christmas Tree Worms, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, but the highlight was 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks that was swimming around us, some swimming very close to us. It was a great afternoon and night on Split Coral Head.
Wednesday December 3rd
After the night dive on Tuesday Night we made our way south into the Exuma Land and Sea Park. The reason we made the trip south was for some excellent diving and we visited Big Major Spot. Once we arrived on the beach at Big Major Spot we were greeted by several Swimming Pigs. That’s right, yesterday we swam with Sharks and today we swam with Pigs. There were even a few piglets only a few weeks old. After laughing and enjoying Swimming With Pigs we headed to Jeep Reef. Jeep Reef is an Amazing Dive Site. There are lots of shallow coral heads; all of the coral heads are very colorful. Diving Jeep Reef was better then diving any aquarium. We saw Rays, Lobsters, Nudibranchs, Crabs, Feather Duster Worms, Tube and Vase Sponges that varied in colors. To finish a great day, our last stop for the day was Danger Reef. We knew this was going to be good, because I we pulled up to the mooring we had a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks come right to the Carib Dancer. We saw Lobsters, Red Night Shrimp, Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Blunt-Spined Brittle Star, Black Grouper, Midnight Parrotfish and our friends the Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Thursday December 4th
We started the day a little different by doing a pre-breakfast dive on 3 Peaks Reef. It’s always enjoyable to watch the reef marine life change from night creatures going hide and daytime creatures waking up. During this transaction, some of the marine around was Yellow Rays, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Magnificent Urchins, Yellowhead Jawfish and Arrow Blenny. As the Carib Dancer made her way north before exiting the Exuma Land and Sea Park we stop on Shroud Wall. Located just of Shroud Cay, the wall here is full of color and marine life. Swimming close to us was large Nassau and Black Groupers, Roughtail Stingrays, Diamond Blenny and a few Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next was Blacktip Wall where we swam with Mackerel, Creole Wrasse, Tiger Grouper, Lobsters and more Sharks. It seems like each place we go we would have Sharks swim near. To finish the day we stop at the Wreck of the Austin Smith where we always see Several Caribbean Reef Sharks. While encountering these Reef Sharks some of then will swim inches away from us while we are taking their pictures or a little video footage. We also encountered Large Barracuda, Spotted Moray Eel and Slipper Lobsters.
Friday December 5th
To finis what was a Fantastic week of diving on the Carib Dancer we did our final dive on Colorful Jewfish Wall. On the top and just off the wall we saw Schools of Blue Chromis, Scrawled Filefish, Black Durgon, Spotted Scorpionfish and more Sharks. We love Sharks first things in the morning!
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