Abaco Scuba Conditions and Forecast: May 2015

Come enjoy the warmth of Abaco! PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Rogers.
Come enjoy the warmth of Abaco! PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Rogers.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ay has always been one of our favorite months, but we have had such a mild winter this year, March and April felt like it was early May. Days have been clear and sunny with low humidity, yet nights remain cool.

Summer weather patterns are settling in, providing gentle east winds and flat calm days. Both water and air temperatures are nearly identical, averaging 81°F.  Visibility has been exceptional for days at a time, often surpassing the 100 foot mark.

Spring brings a high activity of life to the reef. Coral heads abound with colorful, juvenile tropical fish, and we have had frequent encounters with turtles, stingrays, sharks, barracuda and eagle rays. Schools of mutton snapper, various categories of jacks, Bermuda chub and blue tang tend to have select areas where they prefer to gather around and under the coral ledges. Pet Nassau grouper, Gidget and Gulliver, thrill divers every time we visit their neighborhood.

Turtle mating season has started and we were fortunate to witness and video a pair in April. Quite fascinating, to say the least!  We have posted to our Facebook page, if you would like to view.

The Full Moon occurs on Saturday, May 3rd, at 11:43 p.m., and the Eta Aquarids meteor shower is before dawn on Wednesday, May 6.

Spring has sprung, so for fun in the sun, whether land or sea, come enjoy the warmth of Abaco!

A batwing coral crab. PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Rogers.
A batwing coral crab. PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Rogers.
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