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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 23-30 July 2016
Air Temp. 84-97+ F
Water Temp. 83-86 F
Engineer David M.
Cole, Mollie, David, Kathy, Mike, Dawn, Lisa, Lieve, Abbie, Deana, Aaron, Holly and Ben
Sunday – Sugar Wreck, Shark Paradise
Monday – El Captaan, Hogfish Reef
Tuesday – Mount Olympus, Mini Wall
Wednesday – Shark Paradise, Sugar Wreck
Thursday – El Dorado, Hogfish Reef
Friday – Shark Paradise
Saturday July 23rd
This week was one of the Aggressor Fleets Unique Charters in a Unique Area. Joining the Bahamas Aggressor from the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography was Mike Haber. As Captain it’s a pleasure to work with Mike again, as a Master Instructor it’s wonderful to watch Mike work with everyone as a group and one on one using their camera systems to really understand how to improve their underwater photograph skills.
After everyone boarded and introduction was complete the Bahamas Aggressor departed her homeport of Old Bahama Bay Marina and made way to the Little Bahama Bank. During the cruise guest enjoyed a wonderful dinner by Chef Rob, nice weather and calm seas.
Sunday July 24th
Most always we try and start the week on the Sugar Wreck. It’s shallow and covered with Marine Life. It’s the perfect dive site to check weights, buoyancy and camera equipment plus get over an hour underwater looking at Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish Pufferfish, Eels, Turtles and for some divers their first look at Huge Loggerhead Turtles and a couple of Sharks. After everyone had buoyancy and weight checked along with all camera equipment, it was time for some excitement. Next dive site Shark Paradise. We see Sharks at every dive site in the area but for some reason there are a few site we see more Sharks then others. Shark paradise is one of those sites. We enjoyed a wonderful reef covered with Hard and Soft Corals, Jawfish, Roughtail, Southern and Yellow Stingrays, Lobsters, Butterflyfish, Spotted Drums and Lots of Caribbean Reef, Lemon and even Tiger Sharks.
Monday July 25th
Monday morning for some can be a rough start of the week however on the Bahamas Aggressor it’s a day filled with warm, clear water and lots of Marine Life. First dive of the day was Captaan where even new divers swam up close to Mackerel, Huge Black Groupers, Eels, Blennies, Eagle Rays and a few Caribbean Reef Sharks. An amazing way to finish a Monday was swimming with about 14 Caribbean reef and Lemon Sharks ranging in length from 4-7 plus feet. Guest experience some very close encounters with these beautiful creatures, sometime they we only a few inches away almost too close for a good picture. It was a Very Fun Afternoon and Night.
Tuesday July 26th
After putting a new mooring in at Mount Olympus we enjoy some excellent diving. This dive site is so big we could spend all day diving here and never covering the reef system that makes up Mount Olympus. Just a few of what we encountered while diving here was Juvenile Spotted Drums, Black Groupers, Ocean Triggerfish, Spotted and Green Moray Eels, Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks and Spotted Eagle Rays. We finished the day on Mini Wall swimming with Eels, Rays, Angelfish, Spotted Eagle Rays and about 14 Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks that sometimes swam within a few inches of divers.
Wednesday July 27th
Our day started on Shark Paradise. The seas were calm and clear and the reef was covered with Marine Life. Some of what we encountered was Roughtail Stingrays, Spotted Moray Eels, Ocean Triggerfish, Mackerel, Hogfish and about 20 Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. For the late afternoon and night dive we wanted something a little different. For that type of dive we headed to the Sugar Wreck. This has to be one of the Best Later afternoon and Night Dives in the Bahamas if not the Caribbean. There were so many schooling fish I couldn’t have counted. While taking Kathy on her first night dive we saw about 30 Porcupinefish, 10 Spotted Moray Eels, Lobsters, Crabs, Stingrays and possible the Biggest Loggerhead Turtle I have ever seen, anywhere. Even after over an hour underwater for our night dive we wanted more.
Thursday July 28th
While diving our first dive site called El Dorado we encountered Moray Eels, Schools of Jacks, Several Stingrays, Mackerel, Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. After getting close to several of the Sharks on El Dorado everyone wanted more. Hogfish Reef was where we finished the day swimming with a plethora of Marine Life and about 13 or so Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks. It was an excellent way to spend the afternoon and night.
Friday July 29th
Our last dive was a pre-breakfast dive on Shark Paradise. We get the opportunity to dive this dive site a couple times a week. I personally could spend more. The reef that makes up Shark Paradise is covered with Marine Life and there are always Sharks. We had lots of Caribbean Reef and Lemon Sharks swim inches away form divers. It was an excellent way to start a Friday morning and finish an Excellent Week Diving With Sharks In The Bahamas!!!
The Crew Would Like To Thank Mike Haber from the Jim Church School of Underwater Photography. Mike spent a lot of time working with everyone and making sure they had the information to improve their pictures taking skills. Thanks Mike!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew