A pod of 6 dolphins greeted Laura, Brent and guests first thing this morning. The water was mill pond flat, perfect for a day’s diving at French Cay. After their encounter they did their first dive at the stunning site of “double d” with sharks and eagle rays to boot. The second drift dive was off the charts! 2 huge Eagle Rays interacting with each other, followed a few later mintues by a 5ft Nurse Shark. On the way back they found another dolphin. another stellar day with Big Blue in the TCI!
My amazing day on the north shore consisted of just about everything. A mother dolphin and her cute little calf, (which I had seen twice this week already) just outside our office in the Leeward Channel followed by some really great snorkeling at Leeward Reef. I guided a lovely family around and we spotted all kinds of fish and also an octopus and a school of about 20 reef squid. This afternoons charter brought on a reef shark and a hawksbill turtle at Ft George reef. Cant wait to show up for tommorow!!
Mark and Philip took their good friend Andy on a birthday boat ride today to show him some whales. Well February has not disappointed and nor have the whales. Within minutes of leaving the dock we found our whale. True to form, we had to work hard to keep our eyes on him in the swell. We lost him for 30 minutes and picked him up on the way to Parrot Cay. Both Andy and Mark managed to get a full frontal underwater view as he passed by. Not once but 4 times! How many people do you know get to see a for the first time whale on their birthday and then board a flight 90 minutes later? Only at Big Blue……..
We can’t wait for March. See you down here.
What a season! February is not even finished and nearly the whole Big Blue team has had multiple whale sightings and encounters! Our Stand Up guide, Ray was able to get his first in water encounter as well. Needless to say he is jumping for joy. Get down here and give us a call!
CAPTIAN LYNN : “after diving the Football field we had a call from Ben on Worldcat telling us to look out for a whale just beyond Eagle Ray Pass….we spotted him straight away as he was constantly smacking his fluke down on the surface of the water….as we got nearer he was waving his pectoral fin at us before rolling over to show off his belly…..I jumped into the water not knowing where he had gone but looked down to see him at about 25ft below me just chilling out….he hung out there for about 20 minutes for us all to see, then rose up gently before swimming off. We then headed to Aquarium where we heard a whale on the dive and Laura saw him from the surface while on the boat”.
Imagine doing your first ever dive, a DSD in fact and while your instructor is demonstrating skills you see and 40 foot humpback behind her. Well this is what happened to Laura and her student. EPIC. Stuff of dreams. The whale check the two of them out and then headed over to the wall to say hello to our dive group cruising the wall. UNREAL!
2012 whale season has well and truly kicked off! It seems like all our trips are coming back with whale stories and encounters. The best encounter so far has to be Captain Dave and Laura with their guests while diving at Pine Cay’s football field. The singing could be heard as soon as the divers got in the water. Indeed it was so loud everyone knew the whale was close by. After the dive the singing could be heard while standing on the boat! Our divers then managed to get in the water and watch the whale sing in the head down position. Brilliant.
Our second major sighting of the season follows hot on the heels of those seen 2 days ago. Lynn and her guests managed to get in the water to see 3 of them! Few more were spotted on the surface. TCI is the place to be. February looks promising.
After much anticipation the Humpbacks finally arrived in the last week of Jan! Brent and Lynn were the first to see them as they left Leeward on the way to North West Point. The excitement level is growing.
The Big Blue Expo 2012 was the perfect start to our year. Our event was held at the OPUS bar and grill. The Expo showcasing our team and products and our BIG BLUE SHORT FILM, it was well attended by our friends and partners through the islands and across the tourist sector. Prizes for contributions towards ECOTOURISM were awarded to our unsuspecting partners from the sister islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Parrot Cay. Susan Butterfield, Lawrence “Big Mac” Campbell, Cardinal Arthur, Danny Forbes & Sara Kaufmann (middle co-op), JD Thomson and Parrot Cay resort and spa. Many of you who have been with us know our team up north and their awards were well earned through their hard work and dedication.