|Our biggest lobsters of the trip….|
|An iphone for comparison|
There was never a scarcity of fresh fish or lobster, and we prepared it in every way imaginable. Raw, pan fried, lightly floured and deep fried, steamed, ceviched, grilled, made into salads, into paella, or poached in coconut milk. We tried every imaginable way to prepare the fish, and even with this in mind, at times I found myself completely sick of both lobster and fish and wanting a hotdog, chicken wings, or a burger. Haha, first world problems. We discovered that if you deep fried trigger fish, since the meat is very hearty and fibrous, that it tastes A LOT like fried chicken. Now take it one step further, if you dip it in Heinz BBQ sauce, the flavor is much like a McDonald's chicken nugget. A very welcome respite when you've been eating fish for literally 3 weeks straight.
It became a game for us to try to forage every type of edible underwater creature there was. Anything from conch, to sea urchin, to sea snails, to fish, to crab, to lobster, we found the thrill of the hunt to be quite addictive. At times, we were scared to go in the water, especially in the end after Ashley left, because we spotted sharks on nearly every dive. With one less person on the lookout for them, it became a little nerve wrecking to get into the water as they would appear very suddenly and seemingly from out of nowhere. On Ashley's last day in the Bahamas, we were on one of our usual dives, when suddenly I hear her shout "Shark!" Protocol for us is that when one of us spots a shark, we just swim for the dinghy as quickly (and as calmly) as we can while trying to spot where the shark is. Well, this was one of the days where I didn't spot the shark and just swam for the dinghy as quickly as I could. Little did I know at the time that I was being chased by a 10 ft shark (which to this day is questionable as to what type it was), and didn't know until I was hoisting myself onto the dinghy and look down to see this thing about a foot from my fin. Poor Frank was much too far from the dinghy at the time, and watched in horror as the shark chased me, thinking all the while what he was going to do if I needed to get a hospital that was a couple days sail away. I don't know which is worse, seeing the shark chase you, or seeing it chase someone you love so dearly. Needless to say, Ashley didn't go back in since she was the one who spotted it out of nowhere and was good and traumatized. Frank and I both forced ourselves back into the water shortly after, because if we didn't, we'd be too scared to ever go back in and we had more then a month left in the Bahamas at that point. In the end, despite all the shark and barracuda encounters, we made it out unscathed…though I can't say the same for the creatures you see below. Yes, a lot of fish were harmed in the making of this blog post….
|Typical day's haul (from Bottom Up)….Queen Triggerfish, Grunts, |
Jackfish, Ocean Triggerfish, Red Hind
|Bucket of 10lb+ lobsters|
|Bucket of Chicken|
|Whelps…delicious but pain in the ass to eat...|
|Frank caught the largest Channel Clinging Crab I've ever seen!|
|Sea Urchin aka Uni….favorite thing ever|
|23 Lobsters speared in 20 minutes and a more reasonably|
sized Channel Clinging Crab to boot!
|Ashley speared the largest fish of the trip….Mutton Snapper!|
|Big guy in 5 feet of water!|