Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 1-8 April 2017
Air Temp. 77-84+ F
Water Temp. 75-77 F
Engineer David M.
Randy, Janice, Rachel, Don H., Adam, Don J., Cassie, Elaine, Jim, Melissa, Jeff, Lisa, Rich and Barbara
Sunday – Flat Rock Reef, Jewfish Wall, Primo Wall, Tunnel Rock
Monday – Cut & Run, Kracken, Monolith, Cave Rock
Tuesday – Cut Thru City, Split Coral Head, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Split Coral Head, Blacktip Wall, Crab Mountain, Madison Avenue
Thursday – Aquarium, Pillar Wall, Austin Smith, Barracuda Shoals
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday April 1st
After guest boarded, the Bahamas Aggressor departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay (AKA The Yoga Dock) and made way to the Exuma Islands.
Sunday April 2nd
Our first stop was Flat Rock Reef where divers enjoyed seeing Barracuda’s, Flamingo Tongues, Corkscrew Anemone, Banded Coral Shrimps and Schooling Fish while making sure their weights and Buoyancy was good. Next dive site was Jewfish Wall with Colorful Sea Whips, Sponges, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and a Couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks. After enjoying Jewfish Wall the Bahamas Aggressor headed east to the Island of Eleuthera and the dive site Primo Wall. We saw Schools of Snappers, Horse-Eye Jacks, Mackerel, Hundreds of Garden Eels and a Hawksbill Turtle. We finished our first full day of diving on Tunnel Rock swimming with Yellow Rays, Jawfish, Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Lobsters, A Big Green Turtle, Squid and on the surface we had a lone Batfish Swimming near the exit ladders.
Monday April 3rd
First stop this morning was Cut & Run. Lots of pictures of the Colorful Wall, and Anchor Encrusted with Colorful Sponges and Corals, a Small Plane Wreck, lots of marine Life and Turtles. The Kracken is where we saw some Lettuce Sea Slugs, Banded Coral Shrimps, Yellowhead Jawfish and lots small Reef Fish and Creatures. The Huge wall of Monolith was our after lunch dive. This wall is full of Marine Life, a few of what we encountered was Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Schooling Snappers, Grunts, Creole Wrasses, Queen Triggerfish, Hogfish and Mackerel. Cave Rock was our last dive site of the day. Divers saw Nudibranch, Scorpionfish, Lobsters, Rays, Shrimps, Crabs, Sea Stars and Spotted Drums
Tuesday April 4th
One of the crew’s favorite dive sites in Eleuthera is Cut Thru City and that was number one this morning. While enjoying all the Swim Thru’s and Colorful Wall, we also saw Angelfish, Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimps, Anemones, Arrow Blennies, Big Groupers, Mackerel and a Big Loggerhead Turtle. Swimming with Sharks on Split Coral Head was next. Split Coral Head has a Nice Wall, A Large Shallow Coral Head and between we had about 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks that swim only a few inches from some of the divers, giving them a chance to get some up-close pictures. Last dive site of the day was the shallow colorful site called Jake’s Hole. We saw Large Black Groupers, Shrimps, Channel Clinging Crabs, Smooth Trunkfish, Lobsters, Goldentail and Green Moray Eel.
Wednesday April 5th
Before leaving the Island of Eleuthera we made a spot at Split Coral Head to enjoy a pre-breakfast dive with a few Sharks. While diving we encountered Lots of Spotted Lobsters, Ocean Triggerfish, Several Types of Angelfish, Creole Wrasses, turtles and Caribbean Reef Sharks. While enjoying a wonderful breakfast from Chef Marco we made our back to the Northern Exuma Islands and the dive site called Blacktip Wall. Underwater at Blacktip Wall divers enjoyed a Colorful Wall full of Sea Whips, Sponges, Corals also School of Atlantic Spadefish, Lobsters, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Blacktip Sharks. Crab Mountain was next where we had Huge Barracuda swimming up close, Arrow Blennies, a Variety of parrotfish and Hawksbill Turtle. We finish the day on Madison Avenue seeing Oysters, Clams, Arrow Crabs, Trumpetfish, Queen Triggerfish, Spotted Eels, Spotted Drums and Burrfish.
Thursday April 6th
Our last full day of diving started on a site called the Aquarium. Some of what we saw while diving the Aquarium was Southern Stingrays, Scrawled Filefish, Queen Angelfish, Blennies, Clams, Oysters and Reef Sharks. Next we swam with Mackerel, Lobsters, Spotted Eel, A Few Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Couple of Green Turtles. Diving with Sharks on The Wreck of the Austin Smith was next. Underwater on the Smith we saw Large Groupers, Snappers, Crabs, Shrimps but it was the 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks Swimming within inches of a few divers that made the dive exciting. To finish the day we did a late afternoon and night dive on Barracuda Shoals. This dive site is always excellent for seeing a variety of Marine Life. Some of what divers encountered was Colorful Corals and Sponges, Trumpetfish, Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Atlantic Spadefish, Cowfish, Caribbean Reef Shark and Hawksbill Turtle.
Friday April 7th
We finished a week of excellent diving on the Bahamas Aggressor with a morning dive on the Blue Hole. Because of the amount and diverse Marine Life we encounter while diving The Blue Hole this has to be the perfect dive site to finish a trip. We saw Schooling Fish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Angelfish, Mackerel, Clams, Oysters, Eels, Sharks and our resident 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