Excerpt from Journal of Morphology, 1894, Vol. 9
The expedition was under the immediate direction of Dr. E. A. Andrews, and to him I am grateful for numberless opportunities throughout all the time I was at the station.
The Islands of Bimini - ~north and south, respe... ctively are Situated on the western edge of the Bahama Bank, and lie opposite the southern end of Florida. Owing to the absence of a regular line of boats, they are not very accessible at present. We went first to the southern end of Florida via Tampa Bay, and chartered at Key West a schooner to take ourselves and the laboratory outfit to our destination. This proved expensive, and consumed much time. A more expedi tious way, and with more comfort, is by steamer to Nassau, New Providence Bahamas, from New York. Small boats fre quently carry passengers from Nassau to Bimini, though at no stated times.
These details are given, since, as I shall attempt to Show in a moment, Bimini proved a very exceptional locality for the marine biologist.
The Island - for usually North Bimini is meant - Was selected on account of its proximity to the Gulf Stream. Between the western edge of the Bahama bank and the eastern shore of Florida, a distance of no more than 45 miles, the Gulf Stream is confined. Passing around the southern end of Florida it enters this channel and ¿ows northward with a maximum rapidity of 5% miles an hour. Standing on the beach of Bimini the deep blue water of the Stream is seen. Here it comes to within half a mile of the bank, and in calm weather one may row or sail to the Stream in less than half an hour.
It was anticipated that the surface collecting would be excellent, and so it proved. Unfortunately, we did not have very much of the calm weather prevailing during June and July, but when a calm day arrived the fauna was both rich and varied.
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