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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
28th January – 4th February 2017
Air temperature: 78° - 82°
Water temperature: 78° - 79°
Visibility: 30 - 80 feet
Captain: Amanda Smith
Engineer: Rob Smith
Chef: Christy Brown
Driver/Guide: Jessica Polk/Damien Bari
Video Pro: Conor Ferrin
Rick, Megan, Becky, Kelly, Jen, Rob, Martin, Larry, Raphael, Bettina, Michael, Emily, Leilani, Laura, Rob, Christy, Jane, David
Silver Bank, Dominican Republic
We started the week with welcoming everyone on board and got the festivities started upon the sun deck. Once all passengers arrived we gave everyone a boat briefing and got the first of a weeks’ worth of fantastic meals underway, all prepared by our amazing chef Christy.
We had a fantastic start to the week, with each of our groups having great encounters with the whales, we spent most of the week with the humpbacks either in the water or with them or traveling close by.
Some of the encounters that stand out the most was a group of rowdy males chasing a female whale, it was quite the topside show for everyone. Another highlight we had included a very relaxed female that allowed us to spend most of the day with her in the water, swapping groups as the day progressed.
Sprinkled in with the topside encounters we also had some great in water experiences. We spent the majority of at least one day in the water snorkelling with sleeper whales. Routinely, the sleepers, which is when two humpbacks will “sleep” on the bottom for around 20 minutes. When they were sleeping we were able to snorkel and watch them from the surface and we got some very close encounters when they would surface for air. Everyone was thrilled by these encounters! Some more playful than others as some would breach for us but at the least we would see a very close blow and if lucky a tail.
As the week progressed we had a highly excitable Calf with mother and escort, the Calf had just learned to breach and proceeded to show off for our boat by continuously breaching just in front of us.
Over all we had an amazing week in the Silver Bank. It was always a treat to see the whales at any point. From waking up and looking out the window at breakfast watching for blows, getting into the chase boats to see what the whale day would hold for us, and from the “cocktails and whales” on our sundeck at sunset…. The week was definitely a success!