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Captain’s Log 2-9 Jan 2016
Air Temp. 77-84+ F
Water Temp. 79-81 F
Dive Master Ramon
Dive Master Shea
Mike, John, Thomas, Paul, Livia, Stephen, Nancy, Terry, Letha, Dana, Chiara, Roberto, Pat and Russ
Sunday – Flat Rock Reef, Jewfish Wall, Dog Rocks
Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Crab Mountain, Austin Smith, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Cut And Run, Monolith, Cave Rock
Wednesday – Primo Wall, Split Coral Head, Tunnel Rock
Thursday – Pillar Wall, Whales Tail Wall, Austin Smith
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday January 2nd
At 1600 (4:00pm) guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor. After everyone was unpacked and settled in, the Bahamas Aggressor departed her home dock at Elizabeth On Bay for a very smooth ride east to the Exuma Islands. While we traveled guest enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef David the relaxed upstairs with a dark night but a sky full of stars.
Sunday January 3rd
Our first dive on this week of adventure was Flat Rock Reef. Flat Rock Reef was the perfect dive site for the many guests that haven’t been diving in a while and for our soon to be diver to preform skills need for his Open Water Certification. The reef has a huge variety of Marine Life such as Schools of Snappers, Jacks, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Giant Hermit Crab and several Nudibranchs. Next was Jewfish Wall where we enjoyed our first set of swim thru’s and a few Sharks. During lunch we headed north to my personal favorite dive site in the northern Exuma Islands, it’s called Dog Rocks. With many swim thru’s, shallow area, a very colorful wall, it’s an amazing site. We saw Spotted Moray Eels, Thousands of Silversides in the Swim Thru’s and Canyons. Along the wall Spotted Eagle Ray, Caribbean Reef Shark Hawksbill Turtle and back in the shallow area we had a small Green Turtle that swam right into our Instructor Celeste’s lap.
Monday January 4th
We started the day on Up Jump The Devil. Up Jump the Devil is a huge wall with a large shallow area and several wonderful swim thru’s. Also while diving here we saw Schools of Schoolmasters, Ocean Triggerfish, Spotted Moray Eels, Big Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and our rare fine was a Red and White Striped Ribbon Worm. Crab Mountain was next, we saw Arrow Blennies, Smooth Trunkfish and Yellowline Arrow Crabs as well as Channel Clinging Crabs. We had several request to see more Sharks. The best place for that here in the northern Exuma’s is The Wreck Of The Austin Smith where we had no less then a dozen varies size Caribbean Reef Sharks join us for a swim. Some of these Sharks, especially the small ones came within a few inches. It was an Exciting dive for everyone. To end the day it was Madison Avenue. While swimming around the Coral Heads that make up Madison Avenue we encountered Blue and Brown Chromis, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Schoolmasters, Mutton Snappers, Angelfish and Hundreds of Silversides as we made our way through the small swim thru located in the middle of a coral head.
Tuesday January 5th
The dive site Cut and Run is located just off the shore of the Island of Eleuthera and that’s where we started this Tuesday morning. Cut and Run offers a few interesting things, one is an Anchor that is Encrusted with Corals and Sponges stuck in the top of the wall with its chain stretching out of the sandy bottom on top of the wall. Then there’s the small plane wreck about one boat length to the north of the chain that makes a great backdrop for underwater pictures and a very colorful wall about 50 feet from the plane. With the Anchor, Chain, Plane and all the Marine Life we find on and around them makes for an excellent start for a Tuesday Morning. Next stop was a huge wall dive called Monolith. Not long after getting to the top of the wall near the mooring pin I look to see our guest Roberto swimming along side a small Hawksbill Turtle. The little Hawksbill did hang around for a few minutes before making her way to the surface near the Bahamas Aggressor for a breath of fresh air. Also we saw schools of Tropical Fish, Banded Coral Shrimp and Arrow Blennies. But my favorite was slowing working my way along the sandy bottom in order to get closer to a group of Garden Eels and get a nice close up picture. It was a long time waiting long time laying and waiting in the sand but it’s a nice headshot. Cave Rock Was the late afternoon and night dive. Cave Rock has a huge variety of Marine Life to enjoy, some of what we saw was Diamond Blenny, Blackcap Basslet, Tiger Grouper, Finger Coral, Sponge Brittle Star and Lettuce Sea Slug.
Wednesday January 6th
Primo Wall was first on the list today. Primo like all the walls in the area is very colorful with lots of Sponges, Sea Whips, Deepwater Fans and Black Coral to take frame for a few nice pictures. Swimming near us was Mackerel, Nassau Groupers, Caribbean Reef Sharks, and Hawksbill Turtle. After seeing the Sharks everyone wanted a close up of more. For that we moved to Split Coral Head where we encountered 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming between the Large Coral Head and the Wall. We finished the day on Tunnel Rock swimming with Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Queen and Gray Angelfish, Christmas Tree Worms, Golden Crinoid, Tiger Tail Sea Cucumber and Squid.
Thursday January 7th
Today we started our day back in the Exuma Islands and Pillar Wall. As soon as we entered the water to dive Pillar Wall we encountered a Green Turtle and Caribbean Reef Sharks. During our time underwater we also saw a school of about 20 Barracuda’s, Roughtail Stingrays, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Goldentail Moray Eel and a Great Hammerhead Shark. Yep, welcome to diving the Bahamas! Next stop we enjoyed a few long swim thru’s at Whales Tail Wall. We also saw Arrow Blennies, a Blacktip Shark, Rock Beauty, Juvenile Gray Angelfish, which is black and yellow and a hold with 4 very Large Caribbean Spiny Lobsters. Earlier this week we visited The Wreck of the Austin Smith and enjoyed diving with some Caribbean Reef Sharks. For our night dive we made way to the Austin Smith. A couple of sharks near but kept their distance. Some of the Maine Life we saw on the Wreck of the Austin Smith was Crabs, Lobsters, Eels and Sharks. It was a very good night dive.
Friday January 8th
We finished our week with a pre-breakfast dive on the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole always delivers one of the best dives of the week and today was the same. We saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, a couple of Sharks and our resident Loggerhead Turtle. A Great Way To Finish A Week Of Diving On The Bahamas Aggressor!
The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor In The Bahamas!!!
Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew