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Schmelz and Joffe lead shelling trip to Chub Cay

By Staff | May 11, 2011

Dr. Gary Schmelz and Anne Joffe will be leading a Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum sponsored trip to Chub Cay from June 9 to June 16, 2011. This will be a rare opportunity to see the Berry Islands “up close and personal,” using small boats to visit remote islands dotted with beautiful shells untouched by human hands.

Just to the northeast of Andros, on the northeastern edge of the Great Bahamas Bank lie the Berry Islands, a stirrup-shaped chain of 30 cays and numerous smaller islets covering about 30 square miles. Chub Cay, perhaps the most spectacular of the out islands, sporting white sand beaches, brilliant blue seas and a unique sense of tranquility, is at the southernmost tip of the Berry Islands just 35 miles west of Nassau.

The Berry Islands are best known for their proximity to the “Tongue of the Ocean,” a deep 100 mile long oceanic trench separating the islands of Andros and New Providence. The depth of the water drops from 115 feet along Andros’ east offshore barrier reef to over 6,000 feet. Marine life is prolific with an abundance of coral reefs, world-class billfish, bonefish, dolphins, turtles, lobster, queen conch, milk conch, and nerites.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call Anne Joffe at 472-3151.