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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 20-27 Feb. 2016
Air Temp. 70-75+ F
Water Temp. 72-77 F
Engineer David M.
Joachin, Stefan, Petteri, Carlos, Leigh, Piers, Jan, Andrzej, Caroline, Mark, Karen, Pascaline, Deb and Leslie
Sunday – Lobster No Lobster, Pillar Wall, Closemon Reef
Monday – Dog Rocks, Crab Reef, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Austin Smith, Whale Shark Wall, 3 Peaks Reef, Parrotfish Reef
Wednesday – Jeep Reef, Wall City, Danger Reef
Thursday – Blacktip Wall, North House, Austin Smith
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday February 20th
Guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor in the afternoon. After getting settled in they enjoyed a wonderful dinner served by the crew and their last night on land, for at least a week.
Sunday February 21st
As the sun was rising the Bahamas Aggressor departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way for the Exuma Islands. Our first dive site upon arriving in the Exuma’s was Lobster No Lobster. Lobster No Lobster is a shallow reef area that’s covered with colorful coral heads. While swimming around we saw Lobsters, Crabs, Stingrays, Groupers, Nurse Sharks and 3 Caribbean Reef Sharks came in for a swim by. Next was one of my favorites, Pillar Wall. We took pictures of Black Coral, Colorful Sponges, enjoyed a couple of swim thru’s, seen a few Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. Closemon Reef was our late afternoon dive. With the large variety of Soft Corals, when we dive Closemon is like swimming over a sea garden with schools of fish and creatures. Some of the creatures were Yellowline Arrow Crabs, Banded Coral Shrimps and Red-Tipped Sea Goddess. We finished the day with a night dive on Lobster No Lobster. We saw the usual suspects as well as Squid; with the bright moon growing in was an excellent dive.
Monday February 22nd
Dog Rocks was the starting dive site. Guest enjoyed lots of Swim Thru’s and Canyons, Queen Triggerfish, Sharks, Black Coral and Hawksbill Turtles. We headed south to Crab Reef and swam with Stoplight Parrotfish, Nassau Groupers, Bight Blue Spadefish and large Channel Clinging Crabs. The late afternoon and night was on Madison Avenue. Jawfish, Tiger Groupers, Channel Clinging Crabs, Peppermint Gobies, Yellow Rays and Spotted Moray Eels were just some of the Marine life we encountered.
Tuesday February 23rd
Everyone was ready to see some Sharks so the first dive site of the day was an easy choice. The Wreck of the Austin Smith is where we go in the Northern Exuma’s to enjoy Sharks Encounters. While diving the Austin Smith we had 7 Caribbean Reef Sharks of various sizes swim up close to us, sometimes within a few inches. Add a few Groupers, Angelfish and other creatures and it was a great way to start the morning. As we made our way South we stopped at Whale Shark Wall. We didn’t see any Whale Sharks but we did enjoy Swim Thru’s, a couple of Sharks, Colorful Sea Garden and Lots of Angelfish. The Exuma Land and Sea Park is the oldest marine Park in the World. Our first dive was on the site called 3 Peaks. 3 Peaks is a large coral mound that full of tropical fish and corals. Some of what we saw was Garden Eels, Jawfish, Rays, Jacks, Schools of Snappers, Spadefish and Porcupinefishes. Our last dive site of the day was Parrotfish Reef. This small shallow dive site offered us a huge variety of Marine Life like Ocean Trigger, Yellow Rays, Southern Stingrays, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Banded Coral Shrimps.
Wednesday February 24th
One of the Best dive sites in the Exuma Islands is Jeep Reef. Jeep Reef is Shallow and Very Colorful, with a Huge Variety of Marine Life to encountered. Just some of what we saw was Nudibranchs, Several types of Angelfish, Lobsters, Schools of Fish and a Spotted Eagle Ray. Wall City was next; guest enjoyed the large Coral Heads that are close together so while swimming around them it’s like going between large city buildings. Our last dive site in the park was Danger Reef. The Exuma Park is a no take, no fishing area. Because of this the Marine Life is just a little bigger, which makes watching Lobsters, Queen Triggerfish, Queen and Gray Angelfish, Barracuda’s and Sharks that come for a swim by a little more enjoyable.
Thursday February 25th
After an easy ride from the Exuma Park we enjoyed a couple of wonderful early morning dives on Blacktip Wall. Guest experienced a couple of swim thru’s, a very colorful wall with Sea Whips, Deep water Sea Fans and Black Coral. Schools of Snappers, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Horse-Eye Jacks and a couple of Sharks were also in the area. The shallow reef of North House was our early afternoon dive. When looking for small stuff North House is the reef to dive. We saw lots of Crabs, Shrimps, small Yellow Rays, Nudibranchs, Spotted Moray Eel and a couple of Lobsters. To finish the day it was a late afternoon and night dive on the Wreck of the Austin Smith. We did this dive early in the week an enjoyed the Sharks and other Marine Life. The late afternoon and night was even better with Nudibranchs, Groupers, Crabs and a plethora of other Marine Creatures.
Friday February 26th
Our last dive of the week was the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is always a good dive and today we enjoyed Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish, Nudibranchs, a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks and a Huge Loggerhead Turtle
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