Tags: Andros, Bahamas, under water

Date: March 1, 2018

We spent quite a bit of time anchored behind Long Rock off the coast of Andros. Bjarne took some under water photos while there.

Here is a cave entrance he found on the reef:

There is a vertical shaft going from 3 meters to around 20 meters:

A lionfish in the entrance shaft:

A blackbar soldierfish keeping an eye on things:

At the bottom of the shaft, the cave continues in two directions as vertical cracks. Bjarne put some line in the cave and here is the T where it goes off in two directions:

A crab with only one claw on the wall:

The walls of the caves in the Bahamas often have lots of sponges growing on them:

Many lobsters hide in the cracks in the caves:

The beautiful cowrie snails inhabit the caves as well:

Here is a cave shrimp that is almost transparent:

Here is the end of the cave in one direction:

Of course, caves usually don't really just end, they just get narrower and narrower. So if someone with more determination came by, he could probably extend the line.

Here you can get a feeling for the vertical nature of the tunnels:

You can see the line in those pictures too.

This is the entrance shaft looking up on the way out:

The maximum depth in the cave is around 30 meters, so a little deco is needed after the dive. A nice thing about the caves around here is that you can make your deco on a beautiful coral reef with lots of life to look at:

A queen triggerfish:

A coral head with different kinds of sponges and corals growing on it:

A species of barrel sponge, probably a brown bowl sponge:

A foureye butterflyfish:

Juveniles of the bluehead wrasse - they do a complete color change as they grow older and get blue heads:

A pink vase sponge - they are not always pink but can be blue or gray like this one:

An unknown purple growth, probably some sort of coral:

A hogfish:

An unknown coral:

Another unknown growth - maybe another coral:

A French angelfish:

A very large (almost 1 meter long) rainbow parrotfish:

Yet another unknown growth: