Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 16-23 July 2016
Air Temp. 82-97+ F
Water Temp. 83-86 F
Engineer David M.
Dive Master Shea
Nina, Sylka, Sally, Clare, Stewart, Charles, Diane, Alan, Joe, Travis, Wayne, Celia
Sunday – Sugar Wreck, Shark Paradise
Monday – El Captaan, Hogfish Reef, Sugar Wreck
Tuesday – El Dorado, Mini Wall, Sugar Wreck
Wednesday – Mount Olympus, Shark Paradise
Thursday – El Dorado, Red’s Ledge, Mini Wall
Friday – Hogfish Reef
Saturday July 16th
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon as guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor. Once everyone settled in we departed Old Bahama Bay Marina for a night under the stars on the Little Bahama Bank.
Sunday July 17th
We started our week of diving on the Sugar Wreck. Sitting in 15-20 feet of the water the Sugar Wreck is the perfect place to make sure weights; buoyancy and camera equipment was working fine. While making sure all was working correctly we enjoyed Schools of Fish, Large Stingrays, Eels and Turtles. Everyone was ready to see Sharks and one of the best dive sites for Sharks is Shark Paradise. Not only did we see Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Lemon Sharks but also Snapper Shrimps, Channing Clinging Crabs, Spotted and Green Moray Eels, Large Jawfish and lets not forget about the Tiger Sharks that came in for a few pictures and video.
Monday July 18th
One of my favorite dive sites in this area is El Captaan. Several Very Large Profile Coral Heads that is covered with Hard and Soft Corals, schools of Chromis, Wrasses, Angelfish, Greater Amberjack, Black Hamlet and Spotted Eagle Rays. It was a Good Monday Morning! The after noon was on Hogfish Reef where guest enjoyed seeing Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, Banded Coral Shrimp, Very Large Rainbow Parrotfish, Black, Nassau and Tiger Groupers. Also in the area were a few Nurse, Caribbean and Lemon Sharks. All the Sharks were swimming near everyone however some of the Lemon Sharks were lying in the sand only a few feet from divers. It was pretty special to watch divers eyes as these big Lemon Sharks stop next to them. We finished back at the Sugar Wreck where we started the week. This was an Amazing night dive. The wreck was covered with Marine Life. Also a combination of Nurse, Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks were in the area. But most everyone talked after about the 5 Turtles. Four of the Turtles we encountered were Loggerheads and one Hawksbill. They came so close one Huge Loggerhead bump into a diver. Several guest commented that it was one of the Best Night Dives they have ever done.
Tuesday July 19th
It was a very colorful sunrise as we fished our way to the dive site called El Dorado. Underwater at El Dorado we saw Lots of Jawfish, Ocean Triggerfish, Schools of Small Tropical Fish, Spotted Eels and a Hawksbill Turtle that let a few divers get very close for some pictures. Mini Wall was our early afternoon dive. While diving Mini Wall, I saw lots of Chromis, Angelfish, Spadefish, Black and Nassau Groupers and about seven Big Lemon Sharks. The Gulf Stream current started picking up so for the Late afternoon and night dive it was back on the Sugar Wreck. Just like before there was more Marine Life on the Wreck then a diver could take in. All around the wreck we encountered a variety of Schooling Fish, Spotted and Green Moray Eels, Pufferfish, Carbs, Caribbean Reef, Lemon and Nurse Sharks and lets not forget a couple of Huge Loggerhead Turtles. And just to make it even more special it was a clear sky with a bright full moon. As Travis said, ‘I’ve been diving all over the world and this place is easily in my top 10 dives”. I have to agree.
Wednesday July 20th
Sometimes diving out of the West End of Grand Bahama we have to deal with the current of the Gulf Stream. We wanted to dive Mount Olympus but with the Gulf Stream situation there was only one thing to do and that was Drift Dive. During our drift we saw Hundreds of Schooling Tropical Fish, Permits, Groupers, Mackerel, Snappers, Several Large Barracuda’s and many Caribbean Reef Sharks. After seeing the Sharks we wanted more and Sharks. We are lucky in that while diving this area we enjoy seeing Sharks on ever dive. One of our best for getting up close and personal with these Wonderful Animals is Sharks Paradise. In between swimming with Sharks we enjoyed finding Snapping Shrimp, Banded Coral Shrimp, Juvenile Trunkfish, Triggerfish, Juvenile Spinyhead Blenny and Sharks. In case you’re wondering how many Sharks? At one time while diving the late afternoon dive I counted 17 Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. It was a Fun Afternoon and Night!
Thursday July 21st
A drift dive on El Dorado was how we started the day. It was a nice slow drift across El Dorado’s colorful reef when it was easy to see schooling Snappers, Creole Wrasses, Cero Mackerel, Groupers, Roughtail Stingrays and a few Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next dive site was Red’s Ledge. Named after an old Captain his site is covered with hard and soft corals and lot of creatures. We saw Shrimps, Crabs, Blennies, Angelfish and more Sharks. To finish the day we headed to Mini Wall. This reef starts about 35 feet and sloops down like a small wall to about 65 feet. The reef is covered with Corals and Marine Life. My favorite part of this dive was watching a Yellowhead Jawfish clean hole. I was so caught up in the show it was putting on that I didn’t see the Big Lemon Sharks that swam near me or the Nice Loggerhead Turtle that swam a few feet over me. Maybe next time I will take the time to look around. We also saw Lemon Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Nurse Shark and a Tiger that was swam just far enough away from the camera for a clear shot but the video part came out ok. It’s so much fun shooting pictures and videos of these Sharks, you should come join us in the Bahamas.
Friday July 22nd
Hogfish Reef was where we finished our wonderful week of diving. We enjoyed lots of Marine Life and Sharks. The best part was having the Lemon Sharks Swim close and lay on the bottom where we could swim up close to them for a few close up pictures.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Travis from New Horizons Dive Center in Lexington, Kentucky For bring a group of well train, fun divers to enjoy the underwater world of the Bahamas On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew