Thomas Cay, Pipe Creek, Central Exumas, Bahamas

Apr 10-11

We had our main sail up as we left the anchorage and had a 5 hour beautiful run toward the Pipe Creek area.  We are officially buddy boating with Sonjare!

Departing Rudder
Departing Rudder
Nice Kitty on Deck
Nice Kitty on Deck

This is our second try at Pipe Creek.  The first time we were running down the Exuma Bank side, heading south, and did not find a good anchoring spot. This time, we entered the area from the Atlantic.  We anchored behind Thomas Cay in about 12 feet of water, swinging on the current again.

Down Pipe Creek View
Down Pipe Creek View
Uno Mas at Anchor
Uno Mas at Anchor

The water colors here are beautiful! The beaches do not seem to have much as far as shells, but Sonjare found King Helmet Conch shells, which are a bit different than the Queen Conch typically found everywhere else.

The drift snorkeling around the little islands up and down Pipe Creek was great! We saw a huge cowfish, squid, very large trigger fish, TURTLE, rays, and the first eel (a yellow spotted eel).  There were coral gardens (lots of see fans and small coral heads and fish) in the cut north of us with some good current flowing.

We are still trying to get the underwater camera to pick up more of the colors.  The pictures do not do the images justice, whatsoever.

Squid
Squid
Juvenile Parrotfish
Juvenile Parrotfish
Turtle!
Turtle!
Coral
Coral
Brain Coral
Brain Coral

Mark caught a sand tile fish (which went back in the water), and Angie finished embroidering a flamingo on an outdoor seat pillow.  One down, one more to go!

Flamingo Pillow #1
Flamingo Pillow #1

We have a hitchhiker!  A sharksucker/remora is hanging off the bottom of our boat.

Underside of Uno Mas
Underside of Uno Mas
Remora
Remora

This is a spot where you could spend many days just looking at the water and checking out all of the snorkeling.

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