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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 12-19 Nov 2016
Air Temp. 75-84+ F
Water Temp. 77-81 F
Engineer David M.
Vania, Ruth, Daniel, Luc, Beth, Victor, Herman, Marc, Ken, April and Wayne
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Blue Hole, Crab Reef, Barracuda Shoals
Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Austin Smith, Pillar Wall, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Primo Wall, Knucklehead, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Split Coral Head, Cave Rock, Tunnel Rock
Thursday – Cut & Run, Monolith Wall, Aquarium, Flat Rock Reef
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday November 12th
After guest board the Bahamas Aggressor at her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay, we departed and made way to a wonderful anchorage area just off Rose Island.
Sunday November 13th
After enjoying the sunrise we raised the anchor and traveled the short distance to our first dive site called Periwinkle Reef. Periwinkle Reef is a shallow area made up of three colorful coral heads. While diving Periwinkle Reef we enjoy swimming with a lot of Marine Life, like Spotted Moray Eels, Blue Chromis, Sergeant Majors and Stingrays. Normally we do the Blue Hole for the last dive of the week, but this week it was number 2. While diving the Blue Hole we saw schooling Snappers and Grunts, Angelfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eels, Nurse and Caribbean Reef Sharks. After enjoying the Blue Hole we made our way to the Exuma Islands and Crab Reef. Here we encountered Channel Clinging Crabs, Arrow Crabs, Lobsters and Spotted Moray. We finish the day with a night dive on Barracuda Shoals and swam with Sharks, Snappers, Groupers, we also saw Lobsters, Rays, Crabs and a couple of Turtles.
Monday November 14th
Our Monday was sweet. It started with a dive on Up Jump The Devil. A colorful wall dive that had several swim thru’s for us to enjoy. We also enjoyed Arrow Blennies, Black Corals, Colorful Sponges, Big Groupers and Sharks. Everyone enjoyed the Sharks so our next dive we headed to the Wreck of the Austin Smith where we swam with several Caribbean Reef Sharks some coming with a few inches from us. Plus we saw Groupers, Angelfish and Eels. Pillar Wall was next with its Canyons and Small Swim Thru’s, Mackerel, Parrotfish, Spadefish, Hawksbill Turtle and more Caribbean Reef Sharks. Madison Avenue was our last stop for this Monday. We encountered so much Marine Life that we could have stayed here the entire day. Lots of Small Creatures plus Horse-Eye Jacks, Tiger Groupers, Coral Banded Coral Shrimps, Creole Wrasses, Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobster and Spotted Lobsters add two Turtles and it made for a fantastic dive site.
Tuesday November 15th
After the night dive we cross the Exuma Sound to the Island of Eleuthera. After watching one of the Best Sunrises I’ve seen in a long time we splashed on Primo Wall. We enjoy this beautiful wall looking at a variety of Marine Life such as banded Coral Shrimp, Mackerel, Spotted Moray Eel and Hundreds of Garden Eels. Next was Knucklehead Reef with lots of Colorful Christmas Tree Worms, Swim Thru’s, Small Creatures and a couple of Flounders. The best place in Eleuthera to dive with Sharks is Split Coral Head and that’s where we headed. As we pulled up to the mooring several Caribbean Reef Sharks swam up to the Bahamas Aggressor. Before the dive was over we had 11 very Healthy Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming Very Close. We finish the day on one of the crew’s favorite, a dive site called Jake’s Hole. A shallow site with scattered corals heads with lots of color and Marine Life. Some of what we encountered were Arrow Crabs, Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Lobsters, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Stingrays and one Big Green Moray Eel.
Wednesday November 16th
We enjoyed the Sharks at Split Coral Head so much we made another trip back to not only enjoy the Caribbean Reef Sharks but the Very Colorful Wall and the variety of Marine Life on Split Coral Head. We made our way back North to Cave Rock and saw Lettuce Sea Slugs, Banded Coral Shrimps, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Yellowtail Snappers, Feather Stars, Sea Cucumbers and Moray Eels. We ended the day with a late afternoon and night dive on Tunnel Rock. Both the afternoon and night dive had a huge variety of Marine Life to see. Just some of what we enjoyed shooting pictures and video of was Magnificent Urchins, Atlantic Thorny-Oysters, Red Night Shrimps, Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eels Swimming out in the open and Octopus, which stayed on top of a small coral head so we could take lots of pictures and video.
Thursday November 17th
We started today with a pre-breakfast dive on Cut & Run. It was a nice easy diving around an Encrusted Anchor, Small Plane Wreck and a Colorful Wall, seeing Stingrays, Spotted Moray Eels and Flying Fish. Monolith Wall was next and it was fantastic. We saw Big Caribbean Spotted Lobsters, Mackerel, Roughtail Stingrays and Spotted Moray Eels. During lunch we made our way back across the Exuma Sound to the Northern Exuma Islands and the dive site Aquarium. This is always a beautiful site to dive. Aquarium is a shallow dive so everyone was able to get a lot of underwater time seeing a huge variety of Marin Life. Some of what we saw was Jawfish, Butterfly Fish, but the best was seeing 10 Nurse Sharks lying in the sand close together. We finished the day with a Sunset Dive on Flat Rock Reef. It was perfect timing getting in the water just before the sunset and swimming with Lobsters, Rays, Sharks, 2 Huge Turtles and Octopus. A Great Time Had By All!
Friday November 18th
We ended a fun week of diving on the Bahamas Aggressor by diving the Blue Hole again. We stopped at the Blue Hole on the first day of diving; everyone enjoyed it so much we went back for another look. Just like the first day, all had a good time. Lots of Marine Life, such as Angelfish, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Lobsters and even a few Sharks.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew