Egg Island (Bahamas)
Satellite image of Egg Island in March 2018
|Year first constructed||1891 (first)|
|Year first lit||n/a|
|Construction||metal skeletal tower|
|Tower shape||square pyramidal tower with light|
|Markings / pattern||white tower|
|Tower height||18 metres (59 ft)|
|Focal height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 3s.|
Egg Island is an uninhabited island, officially an islet, comprising 800 m2 (8,611 sq ft) in the Bahamas. It's thought to be named because of the supposed chickens owned by residents of other nearby islands who travel here to collect the eggs; however, there are no chickens on Egg Island. Another theory is that local sea bird eggs were often collected here by the first settlers, these were then wiped out by the introduction of goats to the island a long time ago.
The island has a crescent shaped beach that is protected by a reef that protects the entire beach. The water behind the reef is generally less than 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) deep making it a good place to swim or watch the sea life. Since the water is so shallow and well protected, it tends to be warmer than the surrounding sea.
Recently, Egg Island has gained international recognition after Disney Cruise Lines started exploring the area for possible development of a cruise ship port. This project would have entailed dredging the sea bed to make way for a cruise ship port, drilling into and destroying coral reefs. Residents of nearby Spanish Wells and north Eleuthera were extremely concerned at the implications and started a petition to have the sale of Egg Island to Disney halted. The primary concern is that Egg Island is a natural nursery for sea turtles, juvenile fish including snapper and grouper, crawfish (lobster), conch, stingrays, sea birds and other wild sealife, and any disturbance to the delicate eco-system would prove fatal to these animals and by default, detrimental to the local fishing industry. After the petition was signed by thousands and much agitation, Disney announced that due to the environmental impact, they would not proceed with the project. Joseph Darville spoke on behalf of local environmental organisation Save the Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas, stating in a public release, "“The corporate entity, Disney Cruise Lines, demonstrated responsibility and made the right choice. The community got together and spoke in a voice that could not be ignored about an activity that would have changed their way of life and could have destroyed much of the fish population on which they depend for their livelihood because the reefs and the mangroves around Egg Island are important fish, conch and crawfish nurseries and habitats. And the environmental impact assessment did what it was created for. Based on science, not emotion, it showed that there would have been damage and destruction of the marine environment.”
A comment on the Disney blog placed the blame for the situation on the Bahamian government, stating that "If Bahamians want to protect their lands they should focus efforts on their own government. Disney and any other cruise line that is looking for land to develop in the Bahamas is only doing so because the government will allow them to lease and develop the land. I realize making Mickey the villain helps exposure, but as long as the government is OK with plans and the cruise lines are comfortable with the environmental impact or put plans in place to offset the impact then it the practice will continue. That’s just my opinion. Disney may have inquired, but they certainly did not show up on Egg Island uninvited. Insert any cruise line in this scenario if you will, it doesn’t make a difference. The fact remains, government officials allowed Disney to evaluate the potential of Egg Island as a cruise destination."
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- "Experimental Evidence of Nutrient Pollution: The Wreck of the Arimora, Egg Island, Bahamas" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-02-12.
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- Project Eleuthera's history and images of Egg Island
- YouTube video of a 2010 dive on the wreck of the Arimoroa
- Facebook video showing aerial footage of Egg Island
- Picture of Egg Island Lighthouse