Evidently, from the moment we entered the water we encountered the diverse wildlife that seemed to have awaited us. We witnessed fuzzy chitons and periwinkles as they clinged to the rocky shore in order to avoid being carried away by the crashing waves. Below us were a various Helmet Conchs, whose shell displayed beautiful teeth-like structures along the opening of the shell. We decided to swim further out and see what the coral reef ecosystems had in store for us. We didn’t get far before we were surrounded by a school of schoolmasters and other fishes. They seemed to have enjoyed our presence because they swam right up to us and even swam along with us. Experiencing this had a calming effect on me. We continued our swim and saw our finally reached the coral reefs. Coral reefs that were decorated with the presence of fishes such as the Parrotfish, Longspine Squirrelfish, Surgeon Major, Nassau Grouper and even a Goliath Grouper. As we continued our swim we found and admired The Bahamas’ way to restock the population of the endangered Staghorn Coral. It was a pipe structure that had pieces of the Staghorn Coral hanging from it. We were not sure who’s responsible for it but they must be recognised and commended.
Furthermore, we swam along and found the sunken remains of a small airplane that crashed near the shore. The body and tail of the craft was not there but its head and wings remained. A few of us decided to challenge each other and see who can free dive down the deepest and touch the plane. It ended up being a tie because the few who accepted the challenge all made it down touching the craft that was once airborne. We ended our swim at one of the statues that decorated the sea floor at Clifton and decided to turn around and head for shore. We exited through the sandy shore beach instead of the rocky shore, like the way we entered. Before we ended our journey and take the big steps back on solid ground, we were surprised by a clique of Squids that camouflaged to match their changing background as they swam further away from us. We then headed on land, packed our gear and made our way to the parking lot to await our driver.
By: Tavano Sweeting