September 1, 2002

August 31, 2002: Grand Bahama, Bahamas

A Bahamas 2002 dive
"Tunnels" - "Shark Junction" - "Silver Point"

My Birthday! Woo hoo! 32 in the Bahamas, yeah Baby! Fred was nice enough to "give" me a dive for my Birthday.
Diving off of Grand Bahama:
  • Directions from Tampa: It's only about 55 miles off of the coast of Florida. You can go by boat or by plane ... talk to a travel agent.
  • Conditions on the day of my visit: Sunny, a few clouds ... we had rain a few times when we were there, but never while diving

  • Personal Notes: Tunnels was a new site for me (as far as I know; it looked familliar but I don't recall going to something called "Tunnels", though Shami might have taken us to it and called it something else), but back in 2000 I had been to Shark Junction and Silver Point. I worked for the dive at Silver Point though; Fred had me watching some newbie divers and helping people into/out of the water.

    Great sites all around though.


I took some pictures of some "newbie divers," divers who had taken a resort course and were visiting "Silver Point" with us. Sorry, don't remember the names. "Silver Point's" max depth is probably 20 feet at best, so sometimes it's visibility leaves a little to be desired.
Fred of Grand Bahama Scuba.
A small turtle we came across.
Arrow Crabs are one of those creatures that make me tempted to go back to film (still) photography. With digital (or at least with my camera), the depth of field isn't always there to get more of these guys in focus.
Definitely a blenny of some kind, I'm guessing this is a (slightly blurry) Diamond Blenny. Little things require both getting close and zooming in to get a good shot, but then keeping the focus isn't that easy.
A Pederson Cleaner Shrimp hiding next to an anemonie.
Shark Junction
Shark Junction is where a lot of feedings take place. We visited the site between feedings, and there were still quite a few sharks around. They waited a bit to see if we were going to feed them and then wandered off.
Rarely did they get close to us.
I always feel a bit safer being below the shark.
These are all Caribbean Reef Sharks, from what I understand.
There was a large Black Grouper at the site; I don't know if he was yawning or eating something, but this is what most people see when one of these is stuffed and mounted.
This is how divers usually see them.
Not sure what kind of Blenny this is, but when I realized that these tiny little guys (like less than five millimeters across) were all over the platform the feeder uses to feed the sharks, I did what I could to get shots of them.
They were so funny and not really all that afraid, even though they stayed in their little holes.
A shot of the grouper again, hiding underneath some coral.
From his behavior you might think that this was a Jawfish, but it looks more like a Palehead Blenny.
Now this is a Yellowhead Jawfish. These guys are funny how they back down their holes when you get too close.
Here's another shot of one.
Garden Eels are very hard to shoot up close ... they retreat even when you're just in their general area.
There is a big patch of Garden Eels at Shark Junction in the "feeding circle."
Probably a Hogfish, or something very close to one.
The Black Grouper hiding out again.
Another shark.
If there's ever a motivation for being able to have good buoyancy control, this is it. Here's a bunch of divers in little to no current trying to hang on to the same spot at 15 feet on a line.
Silver Point
The shallow nature of this reef made seeing this formation a surprise; at shallower points, the glass bottom boats have been known to scrape the reef.
A very large school of fish. Pretty much the same picture as the next photo, but both are included because I'm not sure why the color scheme is different between them - maybe a trick of the "auto light level" thing with the camera; maybe something to do with the red light filter (which I rarely take off during the day).
Same school, not sure why it looks so different.
I've started taking more pictures of just the head of a Trumpet Fish, rather than the whole body, since they are long and skinny.
One of the new divers.
Same diver, head shot.
Another one of the new divers; considering the visibility, this is the best shot I have.
Fred was very patient with this one; she was incredibly nevous and had one hand on her regulator, and her other hand on Fred. Not that Fred would complain all that much ...

Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
169 Tunnels 73 feet 55 min. 84 F
170 Shark Junction 49 feet 60 min. 86 F
171 Silver Point 15 feet 38 min. 86 F
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