Last Day in the Bahamas

It’s still hard to believe that we left the clear blue waters of the Bahamas 2 weeks ago. Here are some pictures of our last 24 hours there.

20130509-232241.jpgOne last beach for the kids at Great Sale Cay. Not much sand, but warm, shallow, flat water is what O likes. Plus little critters to catch & play with.

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From Great Sale Cay, we had a 55 mile sail along the Little Bahama Bank and then another 55 miles in deep water across the Gulf Stream to Florida.

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A little bird took a break on our boat. The nearest land at this point was probably 20 miles away.

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I’ve read stories about how tame birds are when they land on your boat. So I let the kiddos try to feed him. No luck. They just ended up chasing the bird around the boat until 10 minutes later, the bird flew off.

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A lone dolphin visited us. It’s always amazing every time we see them in clear water. We see a lot more dolphins in Florida, but there you only get to see the fins & any other parts that come out of the water. In the Bahamas, you can see them swim along your boat.

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And of course, fishing. It’s taken me a few months to get fairly competent at fishing, both from the boat & spear fishing. Here I’m just watching my 2 lines that I’m trolling from the stern of our boat. I usually don’t like to fish in the shallow banks, but I know there’s not much time for fishing left.

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Mostly what I catch on the banks is barracuda. But here’s a big mutton snapper that I caught (I actually caught 3 of these over the last 3 days in the Bahamas). Although I hear they are good eating, I threw him back because they are listed as a vulnerable species and he is too large for our tastes (won’t risk ciguatera with the kids).

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Right before sunset, I caught this skipjack tuna. I also caught a king mackerel and a mahi mahi to round out the last of my fishing. The fridge was well stocked for the next week.

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Sun setting as we leave the Bahamas and enter the Gulf Stream.

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