Grand Bahama Scuba Diving Conditions and Forecast: July 2015

Efforts to protect sea turtles is working. We are sighting more and more of these majestic creatures. PHOTO CREDIT: Sunn Odyseey Divers.
Efforts to protect sea turtles is working. We are sighting more and more of these majestic creatures. PHOTO CREDIT: Sunn Odyseey Divers.

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]uly is finally here! And we have great news for those turtle enthusiasts! There have been more and more sightings of these majestic creatures. That means that our efforts to protect them. from us, is working.

We have seen more green turtles, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles than we have seen any a number of years. The protection of these animals is very crucial to making sure you divers are delighted with each dive here on Grand Bahama Island.

Dive sites known for turtle sightings are Eden Banks, Porkfish Alley, Treasure Reef and the largest turtle seen recently (had to be 400 pounds) was cruising above Theo’s Wreck. We hope to see very young hatchlings during July and on into the season.

If turtles aren’t your fancy, who doesn’t love dolphins? Many divers have been lucky enough to see wild pods finning their way east on the southern shore early in the mornings or observing them on their return trip in the late afternoons or early evenings.

I used to tell divers that the likelihood of seeing wild dolphin was very slim. Until one day many years ago, we had divers aboard who only wanted to encounter wild dolphin. I said, “Fat chance!” Well, low and behold we encounter a wild pod. I turned to tell everyone to look, only to see one of our divers all geared up in her snorkel gear ready to jump off a moving boat! What made things worse, she was holding my seven-year-old daughter’s hand who was also outfitted in her snorkel gear. Needless to say, I stopped them!

So remember, when you come to dive on Grand Bahama Island, be prepared to see anything. Just don’t jump off of a moving boat!

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