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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 18-25 Feb 2017
Air Temp. 71-80+ F
Water Temp. 75-77 F
Engineer David M.
Ben, Fainks, Romain, Chris, Aaron, Ed, Gertraud, Rainer, Philippe, Yannick, Lisa and Eric
Sunday – Flat Rock Reef, Jewfish Wall, Crab Mountain, Aquarium
Monday – Cut & Run, Monolith, Cave Rock
Tuesday – Cut Thru City, Kracken, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – 3 Peaks Reef, Danger Reef
Thursday – Amberjack Reef, Parrotfish Reef, Austin Smith, Pillar Wall
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday February 18th
After guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor we departed our home dock of Elizabeth on Bay and made our way to the Northern Exuma Islands.
Sunday February 19th
Our first dive of the week was the Undersea Garden of Flat Rock Reef. Flat Rock Reef is a shallow reef structure that is covered with Hard and Soft Corals, Schooling Fish. Some of what we saw was Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Several Types of Crabs, Spotted Moray Eels and Nurse Sharks. Next it was Jewfish Wall where everyone enjoyed Schooling Horse-Eye Jacks under the vessel, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Moray Eels, Mackerel and Sharks. Crab Mountain was our after lunch dive, swimming with Snappers, Barracuda’s, Mackerel, Channeling Clinging Crabs, Arrow Crabs and Spotted Drums. We finish the day on Aquarium. We could not have asked for a better dive site to finish the day. Aquarium was full of Marine Life, some of what we encountered Several Types of Shrimps, Crabs, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Burrfish.
Monday February 20th
Due to the change in the weather after our night dives the Bahamas Aggressor made the trip across the Exuma Sound to the Island of Eleuthera where we start our Monday off on Cut & Run. Cut & Run has a very Colorful Wall with Sponges, Sea Whips, Black Corals and Encrusted Anchor that is stuck in the top of the wall. As we flowed the Anchor Chain along the bottom we founds an array of small creatures and ended up taking pictures of an old Plane Wreck. The Huge Wall of Monolith was next and some of what we saw was Lettuce Slugs, Groupers, Hundreds of Garden Eels, Amberjacks and Hawksbill Turtles. Cave Rock was our late afternoon and night dive. Always a fun dive site, while spending some time underwater here we encountered Lettuce Slugs, Several types of Crabs, Moray Eels, Rays, and a pair of Viper Eels.
Tuesday February 21st
On our last day of diving off Eleuthera we started on the dive site Cut Thru City. One of my personal favorites with all the Swim Thru’s and Canyons, then add in Hundreds of Garden Eels, Rays, Groupers, Crabs and Mackerel it made for a fun morning. The Kracken was our after lunch dive with small Swim Thru’s, Tiny Crabs, Shrimps, Tangs, Angelfish and Rays. Split Coral Head and Sharks were next. The Dive Site of Split Coral Head has it all, a Colorful Wall, A Huge Shallow Coral Head and between Lots of Sharks. Today we enjoy the encounter of 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks some coming within inches of divers. It was another Fun dive with the Sharks on Spilt Coral Head. To finish the day we did a Sunset Dive of Jake’s Hole where some of what we saw Crabs, Groupers, Eels, Lobsters and Spotted Drums.
Wednesday February 22nd
After a fantastic dive on Jack’s Hole we drop the mooring and made our way south to the Exuma Land & Sea Park. The Exuma Land & Sea Park is the oldest Marine Park covering 175 square miles. Inside the park there is No Fishing, No Taking of Lobsters, Conch and No Shelling. Because of the rules the Marine Life inside the park are larger then most areas. Our first stop was 3 Peaks Reef; some of what we saw was Barracuda’s Yellowhead Jawfish, Big Roughtail Stingrays, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Juvenile Spotted Drums. Next we spend some underwater time swimming with Sharks on Danger Reef. Danger Reef is an area with Colorful High Profile Corals. Lots of Jacks, Groupers, Snappers, Rays and of course several Caribbean Reef Sharks.
Thursday February 23rd
Before leaving the Exuma Park we visited two more dive sites. At Amberjack Reef we swam with Horse-Eye Jacks, Snappers, Big Amberjacks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Spotted Moray Eels and Hawksbill Turtle. Parrotfish Reef was our last dive site in the park area. This shallow reef has a huge variety of Creatures living around the coral formations. Some of what we saw Spotted Drums, Arrowcrabs, Blennies, Huge Hogfish and Lettuce Slugs. During lunch we headed northern park of the Exuma Islands, making our first stop on The Wreck of the Austin Smith. Everyone was enjoying all the sharks we have been seeing and to see more the best place in this area is The Austin Smith. At one time we had 11 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming around everyone, some inches away. A Very Fun Dive! Next was Pillar Wall where we enjoy Swim Thru’s, Canyons, Colorful Sea Whips, Sponges, Mackerel and a couple of Sharks. We finish the day with a night dive on The Wreck of the Austin Smith. Swimming around the wreck at night is always fun, having Rays, Eels, Crabs, Sharks and Turtles there with us made it even better.
Friday February 24th
Our finial dive of the week was on the Blue Hole. Another wonderful dive here with Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Schools of Jacks, Snappers and Grunts, Gray, French and Queen Angelfish and one Huge 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