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Log Date: Saturday, Dec 05, 2015
Entry By: Bahamas Aggressor crew

 



Carib Dancer Captain’s Log 5-12 Dec 2015

 

Air Temp. 75-80+ F

Water Temp. 78-81 F

Visibility 60-100+ft

 

CREW:

Captain Dennis

Instructor Jason

Instructor Celeste

Dive Master Ramon

Chef Shea

 

GUESTS:

Bob, John, Javier, Pierre, Lisa, Jerry, Helga, Roman, Regis, Arturo, Michelle, Frank, Victor and Jason

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday – Plane Wreck, Crab Mountain, Barracuda Shoals

Monday – Up Jump The Devil, Dog Rocks, Madison Avenue

Tuesday – Jewfish Wall, Austin Smith (Wreck), Tunnel Rock

Wednesday – Cut & Run, Knucklehead, Split Coral Head

Thursday – Monolith, Cut Thru City, Blacktip Wall, Pillar Wall, Barracuda West

Friday – Blue Hole

 

Saturday December 5th

After guests boarded, the Carib Dancer departed her home dock of Elizabeth on Bay. Our guest from 7 Different Countries enjoyed a smooth ride out to the Exuma islands.

 

Sunday December 6th

Our first dive was the Plane Wreck of Ship’s Channel Cay. The plane sits in about 20 feet of water and has an array of Marine Life living around the wreck. We saw Southern, Yellow and Roughtail Stingrays, Bright Red Juvenile Cushion Sea Stars, Schools of Schoolmasters and Giant Anemone. Next we moved from the Exuma Bank to the Exuma Sound and enjoyed out first Wall dive on Crab Mountain. We swam through lots of canyons seeing Mackerel, Barred Hamlet, Blackcap Basslet and Arrow Blennies. We ended the day on Barracuda Shoals. It was amazing late afternoon and night dive on Barracuda Shoals. We saw Rays, A couple of Porcupinefishes, Filefish, Several different Stingrays, Big Amberjack feeding under the vessel, about 15 Squid swimming around guest and Octopus.

 

Monday December 7th

Up Jump The Devil was our first dive site. Guest enjoyed a very colorful wall and lots of Swim Thru’s. We had a school of about 100 Bar Jacks and Silversides swimming around a few of us. A few of the creatures we saw were Brown Fan Bryozoan, Yellowline Arrow Crab, Bright Purple Row Pore Rope Sponges and one of the Largest Caribbean Spiny Lobsters I’ve seen here in the Exuma’s. Next was Dog Rocks. One of the crew’s favorite, Dog Rocks has it all. Lots of Swim Thru’s, a Very Colorful Wall, A Huge Variety of Marine Life, just not enough time for us to see it all. However some of the things we saw were Black Coral, Big Orange Elephant Ear Sponges, Lavender Rope Sponges, Mackerel, Spotted Moray Eel, Atlantic Spadefish and a Caribbean Reef Sharks that stayed under the Carib Dancer letting divers get a close look. Madison Avenue was where we spend the late afternoon and night dive. Some of the Marine Life we saw while spending time underwater at Madison Avenue was Spotted Drums, Southern Stingrays, Yellowhead Jawfish, Channel Clinging Crabs, a pair of Hawksbill Turtles and a Common Octopus that was walking across the sand so everyone could get an excellent view.

 

Tuesday December 8th

Jewfish Wall was first on the list today. Diving in the shallow area, on top of the wall and just over the wall we saw, Pink Vase Sponges, Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Scrawled Filefish and Smooth Trunkfish. It was time to get up close and personal with a few Caribbean Reef Sharks. The place to see Sharks when diving the Northern Exuma Islands is the Wreck of the Austin Smith. The top of the Austin Smith sits in about 40 feet of water, which makes it easy for us get some long bottom time. While we watch Large Black Grouper, Nassau and Tiger Groupers as well as Angelfish come pose for some excellent pictures we had Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming around us. There were up to 11 Sharks some giving us a close swim by getting as close as a few inches from a few divers. Being that close to such a beautiful animal was awesome and some of the pictures and video was pretty good as well. After the Austin Smith guest enjoyed a relaxing ride to Eleuthera Island and the dive site called Tunnel Rock. Tunnel Rock is solid with see special types of Marine Life. We saw Schools of Fish, Beautiful Gorgonians, Huge Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Moray Eel Swimming out in the open, Lots of Lobsters and a couple of Green Turtles.

 

Wednesday December 9th

On our first full day diving off Eleuthera we picked Cut & Run dive site to start the day. One of my favorite way to dive this site is just swim just over the wall around 65 feet looking under ledges, inside of Sponges and look at the huge variety of Corals, Creatures and Fish. We enjoyed taking pictures of the small creatures on the encrusted anchor that’s stuck on the way. Following the encrusted anchor change I saw several types of shrimp, we also saw Lobsters and Nurse Shark. Next stop was the shallow site called Knucklehead. While enjoying the dive site called Knucklehead we saw, Lettuce Sea Slugs, Flamingo Tongues, Sponge Brittle Stars and schools of Snappers and Grunts. To finish the day we headed to Split Coral Head. Split Coral Head is one of the sites I can spend all day on. It has a colorful wall, a huge coral head that’s split down the center, a large array of Marine Life. But what everyone enjoyed the most was the 8-11 Caribbean Reef Sharks that was swimming inches away rom us.

 

Thursday December 10th

Before leaving Eleuthera we stopped at two dive sites, Monolith and Cut Thru City. Between these sites we saw Hogfish, Brain Coral, Star Coral Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Queen Triggerfish, Large Rough Tales, Crabs, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, plus several Swim Thru’s. Once we returned back to the Exuma Island we did a couple of dives wall dives in the Exuma Sound. Blacktip Wall and Pillar Wall were the two sites we explored. Both sites has several swim thru’s for us to enjoy and their walls were very colorful. We saw Channel Clinging Crabs, Arrow Crabs, Arrow Blennies, and Spotted Moray Eel also swimming near us were a couple of Blacktip and Caribbean Reef Sharks. For our final night dive of the week we choose Barracuda West. Barracuda West is part of a huge area of Coral Heads called Barracuda Shoals.   We found Sea Stars, Caribbean Spiny and Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Small Shrimps, a school of about 12 Greater Amberjacks and a Sharptail Eel swimming out in the open.

 

Friday December 11th

Our final dive of the week was a pre-breakfast dive on the Blue Hole. While enjoying the last dive we saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts, we had Gray and Queen Angelfish swim us close, there were large Roughtail Stingrays and Nurse Sharks in the sand, Caribbean Reef Sharks around the hole and one Huge Loggerhead Turtle. It was a great dive to finish an Excellent week of making bubbles in the Bahamas.

 

The Crew would like to Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Carib Dancer In The Bahamas!!!

 

 

Hope To See Everyone Again Soon…

 

Best Fishes,

 

Carib Dancer Crew