Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 5-12 Nov 2016
Air Temp. 75-82+ F
Water Temp. 79-81 F
Engineer David M.
Denise, Sheree, Kim, Ken, Lars, Anne, Christoph, Judy, Greg, Trissa, Jim, April and Wayne
Sunday – Closemon Reef, Plane Wreck, Aquarium
Monday – Cut & Run, Knucklehead, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Monolith, Primo, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Split Coral Head, Krackin, Cobia Cage, Cave Rock
Thursday – Austin Smith, Washing Machine, Pillar Wall, Barracuda Shoals
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday November 5th
After guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way to start a week on diving in the Exuma Islands.
Sunday November 6th
Our first dive of the week was on Closemon Reef. While checking our buoyancy and camera equipment we enjoyed swimming with lots of Marine Life. Some of what we saw at Closemon Reef was Scrawled Filefish, Channel Clinging Crabs, Porcupinefish, Reef Shark and Hawksbill Turtle. Next was the Plane Wreck just of Ship’s Channel Cay. Sitting in about 20 feet of water the Plane Wreck is the perfect place for Marine Life to take shelter. While diving here we saw Giant Anemone, Banded Coral Shrimp, Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Rays and Lobsters. The Aquarium was our last stop for the day where we enjoyed Ocean Triggerfish, Sharpnose Puffers, Colorful Corals and a Huge Nurse Shark.
Monday November 7th
After diving the Aquarium we made our way to the Island of Eleuthera. Our first wall dive of the week was Cut & Run. Always a fun dive, we encountered Schooling Barracuda, Giant Barracuda, Black Coral, Barrel Sponges, Arrow Blennies, Garden Eels, Crabs and Lobsters. Knucklehead was next with a few swim thru’s, Pederson Cleaner Shrimps, Tomtate, Beaugregory and Lobsters. Tunnel Rock was our late afternoon and night dive. Tunnel Rock is always a crew favorite because of the amount of creatures we find, especially during the night dive. Creatures like Sea Stars, Ribbon Worms, Brittle Stars Hermit Crabs, also Spotted Drum, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles and Squid.
Tuesday November 8th
The Huge Wall of Monolith was dive one on the Sunny Wednesday Morning. Lettuce Sea Slug, Channel Clinging Crab and a hole with 5 Caribbean Spiny Lobsters hiding was just some of what we enjoyed. Primo Wall was next diving with Garden Eels, Schools of Jack and Snappers. An array of small creatures hiding in the ledges of this Colorful Wall and a nice Spotted Moray Eels sticking its head out of its hole to say hello. Split Coral Head and Sharks were next. This dive site has it all. A Colorful Wall and a Large Colorful Coral Head that starts about 45 feet and makes it way to 15 feet from the surface. Between the wall and the coral head were about 18-20 Caribbean Reef Sharks, swimming up close and letting guest get some nice pictures and video. To end the day it was Jake’s Hole. Jake’s Hole is a shallow reef of scattered coral head full of color and Marine Life. Some of what we saw were Crabs, Shrimps, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Rays, Spotted Moray Eels, Huge Black Grouper and Ballonfish.
Wednesday November 9th
Because everyone enjoyed the Sharks so much yesterday we made Split Coral Head our first stop today. And just like before the Sharks come up close. Diving with the Caribbean Reef Sharks on Split Coral Head was a great way to start the morning. Our next stop was Kracken. The Kracken is a shallow reef area with several swim thru’s and lots of Marine Life. Our favorite this dive was the Mantis Shrimp. During lunch we made our way North to the Cobia Cage. A project the local school has to grow Cobia, the Cage sits in about 75 feet of water next to a Colorful Wall. We saw Nurse Sharks, Schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Jawfish, Snappers, Black Coral, Angelfish, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. We ended our day on Cave Rock, swimming with a variety of Marine Life. Some of what we enjoyed was Channel Clinging Crabs, Lettuce Sea Slug, Spotted Scorpionfish and Octopus.
Thursday November 10th
The started early as we drop the morning and made our way back to the Exuma Islands. Our first stop was the Wreck of the Austin Smith. This is the first trip back to the Austin Smith since Hurricane Matthew made its way through the Bahamas. The Hurricane force seas really changed the wreck. Now the bow is moved 90 degrees from the stern and the center is broken up. The wreck is very open now and still has lots of Marine Life, including the 14 Caribbean Reef Sharks we had swimming around us. Add Snappers, Angelfish, A Large Black Grouper and Green Moray just made diving the New Austin Smith even more enjoyable. The Washing Machine Drift Dive was next. The incoming tide was really flowing strong this morning. Guest enjoyed spinning around the drifting over Basketstar Reef. We enjoyed lots of Fish and Creatures, plus 4 Turtles, One Loggerhead and 3 Hawksbill. Pillar Wall was our early afternoon dive. One of my favorite wall dives in the Northern Exuma’s. We enjoyed swimming through Small Canyons, around Barrel Sponges, Black Coral and Schools of Fish. To finish the day it was Barracuda Shoals. Barracuda Shoals is a large area of Shallow Colorful Coral Head that’s home for Blennies, Crabs, Eels, Fish, Rays, Nurse Shark, Hawksbill Turtle and Octopus.
Friday November 11th
Our final dive of the week was on the Blue Hole. Each week we do this dive and each week it’s great. Diving the Blue Hole today was no different from any time before. Here’s just some of the Marine Life we encountered while diving the Blue Hole, Schools of Snappers and Grunts, Angelfish, Moray Eels, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Groupers, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Shark and Loggerhead Turtle.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew