July 4, 2004 - July 5, 2004 - July 6, 2004 - July 8, 2004 - July 9, 2004
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July 7, 2004: Grand Bahama, Bahamas

A Independence Days: Bahamas 2004 dive
"Tunnels" - "Shark Junction" - "Silver Point"
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Three dives, all places I had gone before ... but great places all the same.
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 and hot.

  • Personal Notes: Tunnels is known for its swimthroughs. Shark Junction is where feedings take place - and we had a feeding. Third dive of the day is almost always Silver Point, a safe place to take any of the resort class divers, and a good place for snorkeling.

Pictures!

I apologize for the way the pictures look; I occasionally play with settings on the camera to see if I can get better quality. Obviously, using the "Backlight" function was not a good idea.
Tunnels
This is a good shot of a Christmas Tree Worm even with the screwed up settings.
This is probably only the second Arrow Blenny I have taken a picture of. Of course, considering how tiny these guys are, this picture isn't much worse than the other one I have.
Camera settings make it harder than it already is to spot the File Fish in the picture.
With the coloration and location (Bahamas), I'm guessing this is a Cero.
French Angel weren't on every site but you could find them here and there.
I still think the Puffer fish are cute.
Shark Junction
I'm not sure but this may be one of the few times where the setting may have helped. Here are a couple of reef sharks.
Another reef shark - see how close they get?
Look, we were at Shark Junction - what do you expect?
I can only guess that this is a Wrasse of some sort.
Fred pointed out this shrimp to me. He was quite shy. I'm guessing (because it doesn't look quite like a Pederson) that it's a Spotted Cleaner Shrimp.
You can see this hermit crab - I think he's a little too small for such a large shell ...
I took a picture of this Fan Coral because of what was at it's base ...
Some Social Feather Dusters.
And, of course, another shark.
Hogfish are apparently very tasty.
I'm guessing this is a Spinyhead Blenny.
The concrete platform where most of the feedings take place actually has quite a few blennys on it, though I'd say there were fewer than the last time I was here ... here's another Spinyhead.
This blenny wasn't easily identified as far as which one.
Flounder weren't too hard to find here - well, beyond the fact that they hide well, I did see a couple this trip.
Silver Point
The coral formations at Silver Point are some of the most interesting I've seen - or maybe it's just that there's not anything stunningly extrordinary at the site. This is a close up of a small part of ...
... this coral formation.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
269 Tunnels 75 feet 47 min. 86 F
270 Shark Junction 55 feet 56 min. 84 F
271 Silver Point 14 feet 43 min. 86 F
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