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

A Independence Days: Bahamas 2004 dive
"Gayle's Grotto" - "Papa Doc's/Badger" - "Pretender"
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A return visit to a previous site, and I actually saw the namesake of the site ... and a night dive!
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: I actually got to see the Gayle's Grotto. It was a tight swimthrough, one of two I did this dive. I lost my hand somewhere in the second one as I was the last diver in the line - I now know what it's like to be silted out.

    We had another visit to Papa Doc's/Badger. I got a little mischevious on this dive and stole my sister's fin. I was nice enough to hand it to her after removing it from her foot. I should have just swam away.

    Pretender is upside down and has no penetrable areas. But there's a great reef around the wreck. I just wish I had had the opportunity to dive it during the day.

Pictures!

Pretender
You can see this coral formation ready for feeding.
Here's a Flounder I think quite a few people may have missed.
I'm not sure what fish that is there - I'd say he's just sleeping, but for all I know he's that coral's lunch.
Lettuce Sea Slug.
I'm guessing this is a Ruby Brittle Star, just hanging out.
An Inactive Phase Spotted Goatfish.
Another Banded Coral Shrimp. I wasn't sure if this shot came out so I took two ...
But the Banded Coral Shrimp apparently came out - in both shots.
My sister wanted to see if anything was living in this cute little shell. We put it back just in case.
As for this shell, I'm not sure what it belongs to.


Dive data for dives on this day:

Dive Site Name Max Depth Minutes Water Temp
272 Gayle's Grotto 74 feet 47 min. 84 F
273 Papa Doc's/Badger 48 feet 62 min. 84 F
274 Pretender 48 feet 64 min. 84 F
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