2016 TRIP REPORT
We pitched this trip as an experimental
sawfish and shark safari specifically because it had not
been done before and we knew that even if we found sawfish,
getting images of them would be quite difficult. Once we
got to Andros, many in our group made it clear that they only
wanted to see sawfish and they didn't care about seeing any
other species so the pressure was on!
The good news was that one of our guests that
had arrived early, found a sawfish while the rest of us were
still in transit. Spirits were high. We rented 6 bonefishing skiffs to search the channels
that lace the island archipelago but sadly, after two days
combing the mangroves, no more sawfish were sighted and we
resigned ourselves to looking for other species.
On the non-sawfish-hunting days, we chummed
for sharks on a beautiful reef and enjoyed encounters with
silky sharks at the navy buoy in the 6000m deep Tongue of the
A combination of mechanical difficulties and
windy weather made the diving difficult so we lost two days
of searching but, to be fair, we did spot six different
species of sharks during the week including: blacknose
sharks, silky sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, Caribbean
reef sharks and a great hammerhead. We also encountered
large stingrays and a handful of eagle rays.
Given enough time, I'm sure that Andros would deliver
sawfish but it is clearly too hit or miss for a one week
trip. If you'd like to give it a try, I will happily share
what I've learned but we are not planning to come back here. I have
another lead on these illusive animals and if that pans out,
you can expect a new BFE destination to be posted at the end
of the summer. Stay tuned!