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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 24 Sept - 1 Oct 2016
Air Temp. 83-88+ F
Water Temp. 84-87 F
2nd Captain David P.
Engineer David M.
Elizabeth, Sze Wei, Meredith, Bernard, Lorna, Alison, Derrick, Jennifer, Marco, Valerie and Karen
Sunday – Periwinkle Reef, Jewfish Wall, Hammerhead Gulch
Monday – Blacktip Wall, Washing Machine, Crab Reef
Tuesday – Dog Rocks, Austin Smith, Flat Rock Reef, Barracuda Shoals
Wednesday – Jeep Reef, Danger Reef, 3 Peaks Reef, Parrotfish Reef
Thursday – Whale Shark Wall, Pillar Wall, Plane Wreck
Friday – Blue Hole
Saturday September 24th
It was a sunny afternoon when guest boarded the Bahamas Aggressor at her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay. Shortly after we departed for a quite anchorage off of Rose Island.
Sunday September 25th
Periwinkle Reef is our first dive site. Periwinkle Reef s made up of three shallow coral heads that are very colorful and surrounded by Tropical Fish. A few things we saw beside lots of Tropical Fish were several types of Stingray, Spotted Moray Eels, Honeycomb Cowfish and Porcupinefish. After getting our buoyancy tuned and lots of camera time we made way to the Exuma Islands and Jewfish Wall. We enjoyed several swim thru’s, Banded Coral Shrimp, Channel Clinging Crabs, Mackerel and a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks. Hammerhead Gulch was next on the dive list. We didn’t see any Hammerheads but we did see a lot of Marine Life. Some of what we saw was Schooling Barracuda, Cowfish, Roughtail Stingrays, Ocean Triggerfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters and Hawksbill Turtles.
Monday September 26th
One of my favorite wall dives is Blacktip Wall and that’s where we started this Monday Morning. Not sure how you started your Monday but we enjoyed long swim thru’s Black Coral, Colorful Sea Whips, Arrow Blennies, Spotted Moray Eels, Crabs and more Sharks. It was a Good morning! When the tide rises we enjoy the drift dive called the Washing Machine. The tide was rising so it was the perfect time for the Washing Machine. As we drift along between Highborne Cay and Oyster Cay there’s an area hat spins you around. It’s like being in a washing machine on the spin cycle. After spinning we ended up on a slow drift on Basketstar Reef where we saw Rays, Triggerfish, Snappers, Colorful Corals, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles. We ended the day on Crab Reef. Yes we saw several type of Crabs as well as Spotted and Goldentail Moray Eels, Octopus and as one guest said so many Lobsters, she got hungry while diving.
Tuesday September 27th
Our most northern dive site is called Dog Rocks. It’s also the one that has the most Canyons and Swim Thru’s, as well as a Very Colorful Wall and Shallow Area. This site has it all and I could and have stayed here all day. But today it was just the morning and it was awesome! We enjoyed exploring all the Swim Thru’s and Canyons, the Colorful Wall Large Schools of Horse-Eye Jack, Atlantic Spadefish, Nassau, Tiger and Black Groupers, Eels, Sharks and Turtles. After seeing a few Sharks everyone was ready for more. The Wreck of the Austin Smith is the perfect place for that. It was a fun dive around the wreck with Angelfish, Spadefish, Eels, Nassau, Tiger Groupers a Large Black Grouper, lots of Blennies and 9 Caribbean Reef Sharks, some coming within a few inches of us while taking pictures and video. The tide was changing and Flat Rock Reef was a shallow dive with lots of Marine Life. Some of what we saw Scrawled Filefish, Crabs, Lobsters and a couple of Turtles. Our last dive of the day was the Colorful Coral Heads of Barracuda Shoals. We easily saw lots of Sponge Brittle Stars, Lobsters, Lizard Fish and Several Types of Shrimps.
Wednesday September 28th
We spend the day in the Exuma Land & Sea Park and it started with a pre-breakfast dive on Jeep Reef. Jeep Reef is one of the crew’s favorite because of the huge variety of Marine Life that live around this very colorful reef. We enjoyed swimming with lots of Tropical Fish, Rays, Lobsters and Hawksbill Turtle. Next we swam with the Marine Life, like Huge Stoplight Parrotfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, Schools of Jacks and Snappers and several Caribbean Reef Sharks around Danger Reef. After lunch it was 3 Peaks with Barracuda’s, Blushing Star Corals, Colorful Sea Rods, Medusa Worms and more Caribbean Reef Sharks. The late afternoon and night dive was on Parrotfish Reef. Some of the Marine Life we enjoyed while diving Parrotfish Reef was Saddleback Blennies, Lettuce Sea Slugs, Queen Triggerfish, Large Black Groupers, and several types of Gobies, more Sharks and the best find by guest Karen was a Mottled Jawfish.
Thursday September 29th
This morning we started with a dive site that offers one of the longest swim thru’s in the northern Exuma Islands that dive site is called Whale Shark Wall. The top of the wall starts around 35 feet. Some of the divers enjoyed staying on top swimming towards the wall while others enjoyed the swim thru’s. While diving we saw schools of Horse-Eye Jacks, Yellowtail Snappers, Mackerel, Caribbean Reef Sharks and a Loggerhead Turtle. Next was one of my favorite walls called Pillar Wall. I always enjoy swimming through the Canyons and Swim Thru’s but mostly floating near the Pillars that start the drop off for the wall. Lots of Black Coral, Colorful Sponges and Sea Whips, Arrow Blennies, Several Caribbean Reef Sharks and one small Shark less then 3 feet kept coming in for a very close look. The Plane Wreck just off Ship’s Channel is where we finished the day. We saw lots of Stingrays, Snappers, Shrimps, Giant Anemones and some Squid.
Friday September 30th
Our final dive of the week was the Blue Hole. We always have an excellent dive on the Blue Hole and today was no different. Swimming around and inside the hole we saw schooling fish like Snappers, Grunts, Queen Angelfish, Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, A Few Sharks and Our Two 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