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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 10-17 Sept. 2016
Air Temp. 77-86+ F
Water Temp. 84-86 F
Engineer David M.
Ron, Randy, Alan, Herbert, Jeffrey, Kathy, David, Dolores, Gary, Vivian and Jerry
Sunday – Plane Wreck, Pillar Wall, Aquarium
Monday – Barracuda, Flat Rock Reef
Tuesday – Jewfish Wall, Washing Machine, Austin Smith
Wednesday – Up Jump The Devil, Dog Rocks, Madison Avenue
Thursday – Blacktip Wall, Crab Mountain, Closemon, Lobster No Lobster
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday September 10th
It was a warm and sunny afternoon when guest board the Bahamas Aggressor for a week of diving the Exuma Islands. After everyone was unpacked and briefed the Bahamas Aggressor departed her home dock at Elizabeth on Bay and made way to the Northern Exuma Islands.
Sunday September 11th
Our first stop for the week was a small Plane Wreck located just of the shore of Ship’s Channel Cay. The wreck sits in about 20 feet of water and because it’s the only object around it has become home for a variety of Marine Life. Being shallow and full of Marine Life it was perfect for checking buoyancy and camera equipment. Just a few things we saw while diving the plane was Yellow and Roughtail Rays, Giant Anemone, Social Feather Duster, Bluelip Parrotfish, Longfin Damselfish, Schools of Snappers and the Plane which just it self made for a good picture. Pillar Wall was next where we encountered Huge Barracuda, Spotted Moray Eels, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Banded Coral Shrimp and Several Caribbean Reef Sharks. We ended the day of a shallow dive site called the Aquarium. As soon as we entered the water it was like being inside of a large aquarium, Colorful Corals, Tropical Fish, Lots of Rays, Jawfish, Scrawled Cowfish, a few Caribbean Reef Sharks and Octopus.
Monday September 12th
Everyone loves Monday morning, right? Here on the Bahamas Aggressor we do, because we get to dive. Today we had to work around Mother Nature and we found the dive sites that were perfect for a windy, cloudy, rainy day hey are Barracuda Shoals and Flat Rock Reef. Both are shallow site that offer totally different reef systems. Barracuda Shoals is scattered Colorful Coral Heads and Flat Rock Reef with all it’s Soft Corals and some Hard Coral it was like swimming in an underwater garden. Just some of the Hundreds of Fish and Creatures we saw were Groupers, schools of Snappers, several types of Angelfish, Spotted Moray Eels, Triggerfish, Creole Wrasse, Yellow Rays, Southern and Roughtail Sting Rays, Nurse Shark, Octopus and Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle. It was a Sweet Monday!
Tuesday September 13th
Our wall dive this morning was Jewfish Wall. I really enjoy this wall so much so that sometimes I forgot how nice the reef is near the mooring pin in about 35-40 feet of water. During the dive we saw Several Caribbean Reef Sharks, Cero Mackerel, Atlantic Spadefish, Spotted Moray Eels and more Tropical Fish than we could count. Next it was time for a little drift dive. During the raising tide the water flow between Oyster Cay and Highborne Cay flows very fast, which makes tis spot perfect for a drift. The thing that’s different is while drifting there’s a place underwater where the current spins you around, like being inside of the spin cycle of a Washing Machine. After finishing with the spin cycle we do a slow drift over a very Colorful Basketstar Reef. Marine Life on Basketstar Reef was plentiful with Fish, Rays, Eels and a very friendly Hawksbill Turtle. To finish the day and night it was diving with Sharks on the Wreck of the Austin Smith. During this dive we encountered Angelfish, Nassau, Tiger and a Huge Black Grouper. But what everyone loved was the Sharks. When we first entered the water there were 7 Caribbean Reef Sharks, by the time we finished the dive we had 15 Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming around us, some of the Sharks coming within a few inches for a photo shoot. And to top it off we even had an octopus just off in the sand near the wreck.
Wednesday September 14th
Up Jump The Devil was our start on the Sunny Wednesday morning. A Colorful Wall, lots of Swim Thru’s. Some of what we saw while diving Up Jump The Devil was schools of Jacks, Snappers, several types of Angelfish and Parrotfish, Mackerel and Lobsters. Next was one of the crews favorite dive sites in the Exuma Islands, Dog Rocks. We enjoyed lots of Swim Thru’s, Colorful Wall both had lots of Bight colored Elephant Ear Sponges, Tube Sponges, Brain Coral, Black Coral, A couple of Reef Sharks, Lobsters, Banded Coral Shrimp and lots more. Our late afternoon and night dive was on Madison Avenue. Some of what we saw here was Mustard Hill Coral, Blushing Star Coral, Pillar Coral, about 14 Spotted Lobsters, a Spotted Moray Eel eating a fish and a Hawksbill Trurtle.
Thursday September 15th
Blacktip Wall is our morning stop. Guest enjoyed Swim Thru’s, Canyons and a Colorful Wall. While enjoying Blacktip we saw schools of Atlantic Spadefish, Schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Mackerel, Black Coral, Huge Basket Sponges, Angelfish and a variety of other Marine Life. Heading back North along the Exuma Islands we stop just North of Highborne Cay at the dive site called Crab Mountain. Crab Mountain has Huge Coral Heads, Swim Thru’s, Canyons, Schooling Fish, Eels, Jawfish, Angelfish, Rays and one of my favorites to find Arrow Blennies. Closemon Reef was our late afternoon dive. Closemon is a shallow reef cover with Gorgonians, so when swimming around the reef its like an underwater garden with lots of Marine Life including a small Hawksbill Turtle. One guest said it well, when he came up from the dive, “It was like I was in a big aquarium”. Well say my friend! To finish our last full day of diving and our last night dive we pick-up the mooring at Lobster No Lobster. Seas were calm; Sky was clear and the moon almost full. It was perfect for Lobster No Lobster a shallow reef with scatter very bright colorful coral heads. Some of our favorites we saw was Huge Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Spotted Moray Eels and Octopus.
Friday September 16th
The Blue Hole always delivers one of the best dives of the week and today was the same. We saw Schools of Snappers, Grunts, Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, a couple Caribbean Reef Sharks and about 50 Silky Sharks where inside and around the hole and our Huge Resident Loggerhead Turtle. It Was A Great Dive To End An Awesome Week Of Diving On The Bahamas Aggressor.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew