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Cat Island

Description: Cat Island is 80 km long and between 2 to 16 km wide. It is the highest islands in the Bahamas with an elevation reaching 60 m. Cat Island is formed from Pleistocene age carbonate dune deposits that have been converted into an eolian limestone. During a 1985 expedition to Cat Island, 18 caves and 7 blue holes were visited (Palmer, 1986).

Click here to view the full size image Cat Island - north half.
Date Taken: July 1992
NASA Photo ID: STS005-37-840
Click here to view the full size image Cat Island - south half.
Date Taken: November 1982
NASA Photo ID: STS005-37-840


Principle Inland Blue Holes

    Big Fountain
    Crown Blue Hole

Principle Ocean Blue Holes

    Boiling Water

Anchialine Fauna of Cat Island

Phylum Arthropoda (arthropods)
Subphylum Crustacea (crustaceans)
Order Amphipoda (amphipods)
Class Remipedia (remipedes)


  • Palmer, R.J. 1986. The caves and Blue Holes of Cat Island, Bahamas. Cave Science, 13(2):71-78, 17 maps.
  • Palmer, R.J., M. McHale and R. Hartlebury. 1986. Preliminary studies of speleogenesis on Cat Island, Bahamas. Cave Science, 13(2):79-82, 4 figures, 1 map.

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