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Bahamas Aggressor Captain’s Log 3-10 Dec. 2016
Air Temp. 73-81+ F
Water Temp. 79-81 F
2nd Captain David P.
Engineer David M.
Al, Ray, Georges, Ben, Miles, Derek, Natalie, Wolfgang, Jan, Tim, Jones, Jerimia, Robert and Heikki
Sunday – Cave Rock, Cut & Run
Monday – Cobia Cage, Monolith, Tunnel Rock
Tuesday – Split Coral Head, Hole In The Wall, Jake’s Hole
Wednesday – Danger Reef, Jeep Reef, 3 Peaks
Thursday – Whale Shark Wall, Washing Machine, Pillar Wall, Aquarium
Friday – Barracuda Shoals
Saturday December 3rd
After our guest boarded, the Bahamas Aggressor departed her home dock of Elizabeth On Bay and made way 69 miles to the Island of Eleuthera. Due to some East Winds and the timing of the tides it was best for us to start our diving this week in Eleuthera.
Sunday December 4th
Cave Rock was our first dive of the week. While checking their buoyancy, guest enjoyed swimming with Stingrays, Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda’s and the hard to find Scorpionfish. Next was the Plane Wreck, Encrusted Anchor Stuck in a very colorful wall dive on Cut & Run. Add some Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Knobby Scallop, Brittle Stars and schools of fish made for a nice dive. We finished the day on Cave Rock. While diving the late afternoon and night on Cave Rock we encountered Indigo Hamlets, Blue Chromis, Channel Clinging Crabs, Yellow Stingrays, Caribbean and Spotted Spiny Lobsters and Porcupinefish.
Monday December 5th
Monday started at the Cobia Cage diving with Huge Parrotfish, Lots of Yellowhead Jawfish, Black and Horse-Eye Jacks, Snappers and Caribbean Reef Sharks. Monolith Wall was our pre-lunch dive. Some of what we saw on Monolith was Hundreds of Garden Eels, Roughtail Stingrays, Channel Clinging Crabs, Lobsters and Spotted Moray Eels. The Krackin was after lunch. While exploring the swim thru’s and reef area of the Krackin we saw Rays, Schooling Fish, Lobsters and Eels. Tunnel Rock was where we finished a full day of diving. Just like last week the afternoon and night dive here was Amazing. Lots of Crabs, Shrimps, Rays, Lobsters, Colorful Corals, Big Amberjacks, A couple of Turtles and Octopus.
Tuesday December 6th
We started with a pre-breakfast dive with Sharks on Split Coral Head. This site has it all a Very Colorful Wall and a Huge Coral Head, both covered with Marine Life. But the best thing about this site is all the Caribbean Reef Sharks that swim close to divers. Hole In The Wall was next; divers enjoyed a Long Swim Thru, Schooling Fish around the mooring, Rays, Lettuce Slugs and Mackerel. We finished the day on Jake’s Reef. A shallow colorful reef with a huge variety of Marine Life and divers can get lots of bottom time, makes Jake’s Hole one of the guest and crew’s favorite. While underwater at Jake’s Hole we saw, Rays, Crabs, Variety of Tropical Fish as well as lots of Lobsters.
Wednesday December 7th
After enjoying the long dive times at Jake’s Hole, the Bahamas Aggressor made her way South into the Exuma Land & Sea Park. Because The Exuma Land & Sea Park is a no take area the Marine Life here tend to be a little larger the other areas. Our first stop was on Danger Reef swimming with, Lobsters, Parrotfish, Large Groupers and lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next was Jeep Reef. I could stay on Jeep reef all day and night, however due to the tides we only were able to do one dive. Everyone enjoy the colors on this Coral Reef as well as all the Rays, Huge Groupers, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Lobsters all over the reef and a pair of Green Turtles. Our late afternoon and Night dive was on 3 Peaks Reef. While swimming around there were lots of Tropical Fish, Rays, Spotted Drums and even Squid just under the Bahamas Aggressor’s dive platform. But the prize was one of the Biggest Green Moray Eels I Have Ever Saw. It was at least 4 feet swimming out in the open. As I swam closer to get a picture it tucked into a hole and wouldn’t come out. I will be looking for that one again, very soon!
Thursday December 8th
As the sun was rising the Bahamas Aggressor was making her way back to the Northern Exuma Islands. Our first stop after arriving was Whale Shark Wall where everyone enjoyed Long Swim Thru’s and Canyons, Mackerel, Barracuda, Spotted Moray Eels and Caribbean Reef Sharks. Next was a drift dive we call the Washing Machine. When drifting between Oyster Cay And Highborne Cay there’s an area hat spins you like being inside of the spin cycle of a washing machine. After spinning around we enjoy a slow drift over Basketstar Reef. Just a few things we enjoyed today as we drifted Basketstar Reef were Colorful Coral Heads, Schooling Fish, Eels and Four Turtles. After lunch it was one of my favorite dive sites Pillar Wall. We mixed it up here by swimming through Canyons and Swim Thru’s enjoying Parrotfish, Tangs, Bushy Sea Whips, Colorful Sea Rod, Mackerel, Spotted Moray Eel and a couple of Sharks. We ended the day on The Aquarium. We could not have asked for better conditions with no wind and flat calm seas that made for excellent visibility. Colorful Corals, Schooling Fish, Rays, Eels, Barracuda’s, Turtles, a Big Caribbean Reef Sharks hanging out for the Night Dive, Squid swimming up to the dive ladders and much, much more.
Friday December 9th
Our last dive of the week was on Barracuda Shoals. Barracuda Shoals is one of the few dive sites I could spend all day diving. This dive site is made of scattered corals heads that has just about every color. It hard to get a bad picture here and it being shallow guest get a lot of bottom time. Some of what we saw while diving Barracuda Shoals, was Yellow, Southern and Roughtail Stingrays, Corky Sea Fingers, Blushing Star Corals, Knobby Brain Coral, Spotted Eel, Schooling Fish and a plethora of small Tropical Fish and Creatures.
The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Bahamas Aggressor!!!
Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Bahamas Aggressor Crew