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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 25 June – 2 July 2016
Air Temp. 78-89+ F
Water Temp. 80-84 F
Engineer David M.
Dive Master Gene
Dive Master Jeff
Chef David P.
Claudia, Jim, Ines, Alex, Andrea, Mark, Maggie and Bill
Sunday – Search For Dolphins, Sugar Wreck, Lighthouse Wreck
Monday – Search For Dolphins, Fishtail Reef
Tuesday – Search For Dolphins, Lighthouse Wreck, Mini Wall, Hogfish Reef
Wednesday – Search For Dolphins
Thursday – Search For Dolphins, Bimini Road
Friday – Search For Dolphins
Saturday June 25th
The weather was perfect when guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor for a weeklong experience of Swimming with the Wild Atlantic Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. After everyone settled in the Bahamas Aggressor departed Old Bahama Bay Resort and Marina for the White Sand Ridge of the Little Bahama Bank.
Sunday June 26th
After departing our night anchorage it was a short ride to the Sugar Wreck. A small wreck that sank in the early 1800 is covered with a huge variety of Marine Life. We saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts, several types of Angelfish, Moray Eels, Nurse Shark and a very old very big Loggerhead Turtle, all in about 15 feet of water. After enjoying the Sugar Wreck it was time to search for the Atlantic Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. Guest was amazed at the calm, clear waters of the Little Bahama Bank, which were several shades of blue. Before lunch we did a dive and snorkel on the Lighthouse Wreck which a one time was small metal light tower. Now the pile of metal underwater that is home for a variety of marine Life. After a diving and snorkeling with all the fish on the Lighthouse Wreck and Wonderful Lunch we experience swimming with a mix pod of about 25 Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. After we finished the day, we anchored the Bahamas Aggressor on the Little Bahama Bank about 35 miles for any land and enjoyed an clam night sleeping under a blanket of stars.
Monday June 27th
We woke up to an amazing site. Off in the distance lined in a row was a Colorful Rainbow, Amazing Lighting Storm and one of the Brightest Red Sunrises I’ve seen in a long time. That’s an Excellent Way To Enjoy Your, Well Our Monday Morning Coffee! After enjoying the Sunrise Show by Mother Nature we made our way along the Little Bahama Bank and it wasn’t long before we had Dolphins on the bow. After only a few minutes with the Dolphins riding the bow guest were able to enter the water and have a Wonderful Encounter with Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. The morning we experience swimming with Wild Dolphins for the afternoon we headed to Fishtail Reef. While diving Fishtail we encountered Large Black Groupers, Large Rainbow Parrotfish, Schools of Creole Wrasses, Nurse Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks and even a small Tiger Shark when we first entered the water. It was a pretty good Tuesday on the Bahamas Aggressor; we swam with Dolphins in the Morning and Sharks in the afternoon! How was your Monday?
Tuesday June 28th
We started the morning back at the Lighthouse Wreck where everyone enjoyed schools of fish and lots of Stingrays. After we headed off along the White Sand Ridge in search of Dolphins and they found us. We encountered 6 Bottlenose Dolphins. After enjoying the Dolphins we made our way to the Mini Wall where we did a short drift dive over a Coral Reef Covered with Marine Life. Next was a dive and snorkel on Hogfish Reef. Guest really enjoy this one with several schools of fish, rays, Nurse Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Lots of Lemon Sharks. All of the guest where able to get up close pictures of the Lemons, even the snorkelers. After enjoying the drift Snorkel/Dive and the Snorkel/Dive on Hogfish Reef we raised and secured our chase boat and made our way to the Bimini Islands.
Wednesday June 29th
As we were traveling towards Bimini we pass the Great Issac Lighthouse. We did something a little different on the journey. Instead of traveling the rest of the way to Bimini we drop anchor next to the Great Issac Lighthouse. In the morning guest enjoyed a fantastic view of the sunrise near the lighthouse. After breakfast we travel only a couple miles before encountering a pod of 8 Spotted Dolphins. Next we knew guests were in the water surrounded by Dolphins. A colorful sunrise next to the lighthouse and swimming with Dolphins all before 10:00am, it was an good morning. Once we neared Bimini we came across a Mega Pod of Dolphins. These Dolphins were in their sleep mode so they were traveling slowly. Before we knew it there were over 50 Spotted Dolphins around the Bahamas Aggressor. Having lunch and watching these beautiful creatures all around the vessel was nice, but entering the water with them in the afternoon was better. Overall it was an Amazing day from the Great Issac Lighthouse to and around the Bimini Islands.
Thursday June 30th
After departing our anchorage it wasn’t long we came across a mix pod of Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins. This time these Dolphins were in a sleepy mode and after following them for a while we left then to let them rest and finish our way to Bimini. Our first stop there was Bimini Road where everyone enjoying scuba diving and snorkeling. While viewing the underwater world we saw, lots of Tropical Fish, too many Caribbean Spiny Lobsters to count, Spotted and a Big Green Moray Eel swimming out in the open. For the afternoon we encountered bout 25 Spotted Dolphins and enjoy a very long swim with them. With the excellent weather, good diving and snorkeling and all the Dolphin Encounters, I’m not sure this day could have gotten any better.
Friday July 1st
It was an early morning departure from our North Bimini Anchorage to make our way back to Grand Bahama. The cruise back to Grand Bahama started with a Colorful Sunrise, passing and stopping to take pictures of the Great Issac Lighthouse follow by a smooth ride across the Northwest Providence Channel to the West End Of Grand Bahama and Old Bahama Bay Marina.
The Bahamas Aggressor Would Like To Thank Gene Flipse With Conscious Breath Adventure And Jeff Patukhoff With The Whaleman Foundation For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor. Their Expertise And Knowledge Of These Beautiful Creatures Made Our Encounters Amazing!
Until The Next Time Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles, Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew