Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 11-18 Feb. 2017
Air Temp. 75-81+ F
Water Temp. 73-77 F
Engineer David M.
Allison, Maria, Tatiana, Llya, John, Vsevold, Gail, Gregg, Holly, Bill, Amalia and Dimitrios
Sunday – Barracuda Shoals, Jewfish Wall, Flat Rock Reef
Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Dog Rocks, Madison Avenue
Tuesday – Crab Mountain, Wreck of the Austin Smith, Parrotfish Reef
Wednesday – Wall City, Jeep Reef, Danger Reef, 3 Peaks Reef
Thursday – Whale Shark Wall, Austin Smith, Pillar Wall
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday February 11th
It was a sunny afternoon on Bahamas Aggressor home dock of Elizabeth On Bay wen guest boarded. After guest was settled in the Bahamas Aggressor depart and made her way to the Northern Exuma Islands to start a week of diving.
Sunday February 12th
Our first dive site was Barracuda Shoals. Barracuda Shoals is a very colorful shallow reef that’s covered with Marine Life, which makes it the perfect place to check weights and camera equipment. Just some of the Marine Life we saw while diving here was Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Schools of Snappers, several types of Angelfish and a variety of other creatures. Jewfish Wall was next where we swam with schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Smooth Trunkfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks and one large Loggerhead Turtle. We ended our first day diving the undersea garden of Flat Rock Reef. We enjoyed lots of Rays, Crabs, Lobsters, Scorpionfish and Nurse Sharks.
Monday February 13th
Our Monday started enjoying the swim thru’s and wall on Up Jump The Devil, seeing schools of Creole Wrasses, Angelfish, Lobsters and Hawksbill Turtle. Next was one of my personal favorite dive sites in the Northern Exuma called Dog Rock. The reason Dog Rocks is my favorite? The shallow part of Dog Rocks is like an Unwater Garden, then it has a Colorful Wall and Lots of Swim Thru’s to enjoy. Some of what we saw on Dog Rock was Bright Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Colorful Sea Whips, Huge Brain Coral and Star Corals, Filefish, Big Lobsters and Hawksbill Turtle. Our late afternoon and night dive was on Madison Avenue. While diving Madison Avenue we saw Pourpinefish, Rays, Angelfish, Pillar Corals, Lobsters, Colorful Sponges, Spotted Moray Eels and a large free swimming Green Moray.
Tuesday February 14th
A Fantastic Wall, Huge Barracuda’s, Lots of Lobsters and Crabs, Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Green Turtle was some of what we enjoyed for our first Wednesday morning dive on Crab Mountain. Everyone was enjoying the Sharks we kept see at different dive site and they wanted to enjoy more Sharks. One of the best dive sites to enjoy being up close and personal to Sharks is the Wreck of the Austin Smith. The top of the wreck sits in about 45 feet of water and while swimming around the wreck we had 10-12 Caribbean Reef sharks swimming within a foot or so from some of the divers. As one guest said I was Scared but Excited at the same time. The Austin Smith is always a fun dive! After getting up close and personable with all the Sharks during lunch we made our way South to the Exuma Land and Sea Park. Our first stop in the park was Amberjack Reef. As we pulled up to the mooring several Caribbean Reef Sharks greeted us. During the dive we enjoyed schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Large Groupers, Amberjacks, Spotted Eels and Sharks. Parrotfish Reef was where we ended our Tuesday. Being underwater at Parrotfish was sweet. We saw a Variety of Corals, Tropical Fish, Rays, Lobsters, more Sharks and a very small Burrfish.
Wednesday February 15th
Wall City was first on the list today. Wall City is a collection of High Profile Coral Heads that sit just on the edge of a deep wall. This dive site is big and deep and full of small creatures, like Crabs, Shrimps, Blennies, Rays, Schooling Wrasses, Snappers, Mackerel and a Big Nurse Shark. Next was the shallow Colorful Dive Site of Jeep Reef. Not only did everyone enjoy a Very Beautiful Reef but lots of Stingrays, Parrotfish, Queen, Gray and French Angelfish, Spotted and Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Sharks and Hawksbills Turtle. Danger Reef was our first after lunch dive. Everyone enjoyed the fact that several Caribbean Reef Sharks was near the stern of the Bahamas Aggressor as we entered the water. Danger Reef is made up of Hugh Profile Corals and lots of Marine Life. The most talked about after the dive was the Very Small Caribbean Reef Shark that was swimming near. Three Peaks was our final dive site in the Exuma Park. Just some of what we encountered while diving 3 Peaks was Banded Coral Shrimps, Huge Barracuda’s, Spotted Eels, Yellowheaded Jawfish, Garden Eels, Sharks and Spotted Drums.
Thursday February 16th
During breakfast the Bahamas Aggressor made her way back to the Northern Exuma Islands and our first dive site of the day Whale Shark Wall. Whale Shark Wall has one of the longest swim thru’s for us to enjoy. As we came out of the swim thru you see the dark blue waters of the Exuma Sound, an awesome site. Add Colorful Sea Whips, Lobsters, Rays, Mackerel and Sharks, it made for a wonderful morning dive. Because of the wonderful experience we had during the early part of the week we enjoyed the Sharks on The Wreck of the Austin Smith, everyone wanted to go back. The number two dive of the day was diving up close and personal with 11 Caribbean Reef Sharks around The Wreck of the Austin Smith. Pillar Wall was next, where we enjoyed swimming around Pillar Coral Heads just on the edge of a fantastic wall. We encountered lots of Blennies, Wrasses, more Queen Angelfish then normal, Mackerel and several Caribbean Reef Sharks. To finish our day we headed to the shallow reef of North House. The reef here is made up of Hard and Soft Corals, Christmas Tree Worms, Trunkfish, Lobsters, Crabs, Burrfish and Blue Octopus.
Friday February 17th
Our final dive of the week was on the Blue Hole. We encountered lots of Schooling Fish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Colorful Wall inside the hole, Angelfish, Sharks, Loggerhead Turtle and A Pair Of Atlantic Black Sea Hare 10 inches Long. Again the Blue Hole was and Excellent Last Dive for the week!
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew