The following is an excerpt from local cave diver, Brian Kakuk, as he describes his, and others, efforts to prove that two well know blue holes in Abaco are connected underwater. On October 10, 2016 he did just that. The discovery, which took years of laying line and one final three hour dive, makes this cave system the longest underwater cave in The Bahamas and possibly one of the longest underwater island caves in the world. Enjoy the read as Kakuk describes the adventure.
In a landmark decision, the Ministry of Environment announced a list of new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) across the Bahamas, including four areas on Abaco, as they seek to meet the goal of protecting at least 20 percent of its marine environment by the year 2020.
The third “Cay Topics” luncheon program of 2015 took place Tuesday, March 17 at the Harbour’s Edge on Elbow Cay. A capacity gathering of 120 was enthralled by Brian Kakuk’s presentation on Blue Holes & Caves.
Why would anyone care about the mud at the bottom of a bluehole? Sure, many people have heard about the brilliant tortoise and crocodile fossils preserved in some of Abaco’s blue holes, and the importance of those fossils to the natural history of The Bahamas. The secrets in the blueholes, however, extend beyond the fossils. It turns out that the sediment filling in the blueholes over time is a trove of information about climate and hurricane activity on Abaco Island.