Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 4-11 Feb 2016
Air Temp. 68-79+ F
Water Temp. 71-77 F
Engineer David M.
Rona, Monique, Karen, Howard, Ron, Tim, William, Norman, Janie and Bill
Sunday – Cave Rock, Cut & Run, Tunnel Rock
Monday – Monolith, Primo, Knucklehead, Kracken
Tuesday – Cobia Cage, Cut Thru City, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Blacktip Wall, Austin Smith, Washing Machine, Plane Wreck
Thursday – Barracuda Shoals, Hammerhead Gulch, Pillar Wall, Crab Mountain, Madison Avenue
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday February 4th
It was a sunny afternoon when guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor for a week of diving in the Bahamas. Due to the winds that Mother Nature was giving us we departed our home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way pass the Exuma Islands to the Island of Eleuthera.
Sunday February 5th
Our first dive o the bight Sunday morning was Cave Rock where we enjoyed swimming with Yellow Stingrays, Queen Triggerfish, Angelfish, Yellowhead Jawfish and Spotted Moray Eels. Taking pictures of an Anchor stuck in the top of a wall Encrusted with Colorful Sponges and Coral and everyone enjoyed a small Plane Wreck on the dive site of Cut and Run. We finished the first day on Tunnel Rock encountering Stingrays, Burrfish, Spotted Butterfly Fish, Spotted and Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Octopus.
Monday February 6th
The Huge Wall of Monolith was where we saw more Burrfish, Tiger and Nassau Groupers, Rainbow Parrotfish and Mackerel. Next was Primo Wall with Hundreds of Garden Eels, Filefish, Roughtail Stingrays, a Colorful Wall and Big Loggerhead Turtle. The small Swim Thru’s of Knucklehead was after lunch. Also we saw lots of small Creatures like Banded Coral Shrimps, Arrow Crabs, Christmas Tree Worms, Corkscrew Anemones and White Encrusting Zoanthid. Our last dive site of the day was Kracken with a few more swim thru’s and canyons, Lettuce Slugs, Balloonfish, Stingrays, Shrimps, Crabs, Lobsters, Nurse Sharks and Squid.
Tuesday February 7th
Cobia Cage was number one today. At one time the cage was used for raising Cobi for the local school to do research and make some income for the school. Hurricane Sandy damages the cage when she came through the Bahamas. Since the students have repaired the cage is working towards getting it operating again. It doesn’t matter it the cage if full or empty it’s a wonderful dive site. The cage sit near the edge of a colorful wall, we didn’t need to dive the wall. On or near the cage we saw Huge Parrotfish, Hundreds of Arrow Crabs, African Pompano and Caribbean Reef Shark. Next we enjoyed all the Swim Thru’s and Canyons of Cut Thru City as well as lots of Stingrays, Schooling Snappers, Jacks and Mackerel. To experience swimming up close to Sharks we headed to Split Coral Head. On Split Coral Head we enjoyed a Beautiful Wall, a Huge Colorful Coral Head and between was about 7 Caribbean Reef Sharks that swim near everyone as close as a few inches. Some of the other marine Life we saw on Split Coral Head was Goldentail and Spotted Moray Eels, Schooling Spadefish, Spotted Spiny Lobsters and Yellowhead Jawfish. We finish the afternoon and night on Jakes Hole. Jake’s Hole is a shallow reef area with a Plethora of Marine Life. Just some of what we enjoy along with a Beautiful reef was Trumpetfish, Slipper Lobsters, Several Types of Groupers, Nudibranch and a couple of Burrfish.
Wednesday February 8th
It was a smooth early morning ride back to the Exuma Islands and our first stop was Blacktip Wall, where we saw Barracuda’s, Ocean Triggerfish, Spotted Moray Eels, Big Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. More Sharks were in order so the Wreck of the Austin Smith was next. Was we enjoyed the Crabs, Angelfish, Snappers and Groupers we also had about 10-12 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming up close and personal. After lunch it was time for a fun ride on the drift dive of the Washing Machine. After going through what felt like the rinse cycle of a washing machine we slowly drifted over Basketstar Reef watch an array of Marine Life, like Stingrays, Wrasses and Turtles. We ended the day on the Plane Wreck. Sitting just of Ship’s Channel Cay the old plane sits in about 20 feet of water. Some of what we saw while diving the Plane was Schooling grunts, Snappers, Porcupinefish, Banded Coral Shrimp, Box Crabs, Anemone Shrimp, Lots of Stingrays and Squid.
Thursday February 9th
To use the tide in our favor we started the day with a pre-breakfast dive on Barracuda Shoals. It was a little different then the normal diving this early watching he night time marine Life find a place to hide and sleep and the daytime Marine life come out to work and play. Some if what we encountered was Stingrays, Angelfish, Spotted Moray Eels, Pourpinefish, Slipper and Caribbean Spiny Lobsters. Next was Hammerhead Gulch and swimming with Cowfish, Rays, Angelfish, Hawksbill Turtles, one eating anything in site and Red-Tipped Sea Goddess. Just before lunch we stopped and enjoyed Pillar Wall. While there some of what we saw was Mackerel, Queen Angelfish, Burrfish, Scrolled Filefish, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Hawksbill Turtle. After lunch it was Crab Mountain for or last wall dive. Everyone enjoy swimming in and out of the gullies and canyons and watching Triggerfish, Barracuda’s, Jacks and a Very Large Nurse Shark. Our final site for the day was Madison Avenue. Diving Madison Avenue is always a good time. Today some of what we encountered was Spotted Moray Eels, Scrawled Filefish, Blue Tangs, Star Horseshoe Worms and a Green Turtle just laying in the sand relaxing.
Friday February 10th
Our final dive of the week was the Blue Hole. It’s amazing how much Marine Life is around the hole that is in the middle of nothing but sand. First the grassy area then the sandy area then the Blue Hole itself, there’s something to see in all areas. Just a few things we enjoyed was a Colorful Wall around the Hole, Schools of fish, Angelfish, Spotted Eels, Nurse Sharks, Mackerel, Jacks and Our Huge Loggerhead Turtle still hanging and watching divers.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew