For the past three years, my daughter and I have
been going to the Bahamas to scuba dive. On Andros
Island we have dived with sharks and searched for
miles long and forty-five miles wide, Andros, which
is only fifteen miles from crowded Nassau, is untamed,
wild, and mysterious. The island is pocked
with "blue holes," giant round sink holes formed
in porous limestone and filled with brackish water.
These inland blue holes are connected to deep ocean
blue holes miles offshore through a series of twisted
caverns and tunnels deep under the sea.
To add to the island's mystery, we'd heard some fantastic
stories about the island. The pirate Henry Morgan
is said to have hidden treasure on Andros. According
to local legend, mythical bird-like creatures called
Chickcharnies roamed the pine forests of Andros; mermaids
came out at midnight, and red sea devils with big
horns grabbed unsuspecting scuba divers into the bottomless
Our guide and scuba
instructor was a wonderful man called Skeebo, who
now makes his living on Andros as a certified Bahamas fly fishing guide.
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