Thursday, January 30, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
|We weren't sure how pasty or sun kissed we each had been till now!|
|Coconuts from the trunk of a car….not sure what was in the Rum Bottle|
|Now we know what a 190 Daiquiri means….potent!|
|Mops might be useful in the sketchy areas|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
|The Blue Hole on Hoffman's Cay…600+ feet deep.|
|A family shot that took us more time than what it should have...|
|Flo's Conch Shack that was a 3 mile dingy ride (thank you - 25hp Yamaha…)|
|We knew it was freezing at home -|
here we pretend to be cold and feel your pain…
(it was 80 degrees in the photo)
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Starfish or sea stars are echinoderms belonging to the class Asterriodea. The names "starfish" and "sea star" essentially refer to members of this class. However, common usage frequently finds these names being also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as "brittle stars" or "basket stars". About 1,500 living species of starfish occur on the seabed in all the world's oceans, from the tropics to subzero polar waters. They are found from the intertical zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft) below the surface.
Last night, we arrived after an 80 mile run, which took approximately 10 hours. We cut across the Bahama Bank, where the cool blue waters ran approximately 10 to 20 feet deep. Once we crossed the Bank, we found deep water again. Near Chub Cay, the waters were over 3,000 feet deep!
|To the left (port) the waters are only a few feet deep. To starboard, they are over 3,000 feet deep.|
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Joe runs a Conch Shack - he dives for the sea creatures himself - to pick just the right size for his menu items. After teaching us how to extract the animal from its shell, he made a salad of fresh onions, tomatoes, green pepper, of course conch, then topped it with lime juice. Talk about expanding our food silos! We all agreed it was really good and certainly doesn't get any fresher!
|A mountain of conch shells|
|"No way am I going to touch that!"|
Ashley Saunders is the island historian. He is well educated in both the US and England and has written 3 books on the island's history. He has spent the last 21 years rebuilding his family home with any and all kinds of things he has found on the beach along with donations from people who know him. Known as the Dolphin House - he gives tours for a $2 donation - it is really incredible both how he has decorated it and how much he remembers about each piece he has put where. Shells of all sizes, bits of tiles, beach glass, driftwood, old mirrors, bottles and coins - the walls, floors, ceilings, every surface really is totally decorated. It is quite an amazing sight.
Sammy is the shark guy. He is at the Bimini Big Game Club where we had parked the dingy for the day. At the end of the day he takes the carcasses of the fish caught by the deep sea fishing boats and ties them to the end of a rope to toss in the water to feed the bull sharks who call the water home. There are 15 of them there swimming around, very big and you certainly wouldn't want to go swimming near the marina. At one point, Aaron's shoe seemed more interesting to them than the fish. Good thing for the long net!
|Aaron almost lost his shoe to a bull shark!|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
|Land Ahoy! The pictures however do not do justice to the amazing colour of the water!|