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Log Date: Saturday, Feb 14, 2015
Entry By: Belize Aggressor III Crew









 



 

Belize Aggressor III Captains Log

Feb 14-21, 2015

 

Conditions:

Avg. Sea State: light chop to choppy

Avg. Winds: 10 knots

Avg. Water Temp: 79F

Avg. Air Temp: 84F

Avg. Visibility: 100ft+

 

Crew:

Capt. Chris

Chef Anna

Stewardess - Vanessa

Engineer - Fermin

Instructor - Jody

Deck Asst. - JR

 

Dive Sites this week:

Sandy Slope

Long Caye Ridge

Painted Wall

Blue Hole

Long Caye Wall

Half Moon Caye Wall

2 of a kind

South East Cut

Inspiration

Eel Town

Grand Bogue

Elbow

Triple Anchor

 

This week we welcomed aboard our 17 passengers...Connie, Don, Debby, Daniel,

Kristine, Devon, Mike, another Mike, Doug, Anne, David, Brenda, Jaume,

Patrick, Mark, Kim, and Bette.

 

We started off the charter with great weather and phenomenal visibility! The

week was full of great dives and awesome experiences both under water and

above. We had some amazing encounters with marine life and got to dive

amongst some of the most beautiful reefs in the Caribbean.

 

The first dive on Sunday was on Turneffe Atoll at Sandy Slope, where we got

wet and did our check out dives. The topography of this site consists of

sloping sandy bottom (hence the name Sandy Slope) starting at around 30ft

right below the boat, and slopes toward the depths to the West. To the

North, South, and East of the sandy bottom are surrounding coral head that

make a horse-shoe like formation. Inhabiting the reefs and sandy bottom is

an abundance of fish including morays, lots of Creole wrasse, groupers,

barracudas, lobster, yellow stingrays, peacock flounder, Sargassum

triggerfish, angel fish, parrotfish, jacks, damselfish, hamlets, and lots of

yellow head jawfish and garden eels to name a few. We also frequently get

visits from Eagle Rays and the occasional pod of dolphins.

 

Though we didnt get to see dolphins at Sandy Slope this week, we did see

dolphins at Painted Wall and Inspiration over on Lighthouse Reef. On Tuesday

a pod of about 20 dolphins passed right next to the boat as we were doing a

surface interval. On Wednesday, a pod of 13 (including 2 juveniles) swam up

to the boat and circled around Capt Jay as he was down below on a dive.

 

The majority of the week was spent diving the sites on Lighthouse Reef.

These dive sites are wall dives with the average depth on the top of the

reef being around 30ft, then there is a straight wall drop off into the

depths. There are always an abundance of fish that inhabit these dive sites,

and on any of them you can see the diversity of species that call these

reefs home. Look in any direction and you can typically see trumpetfish,

several species of parrotfish, angelfish, snappers, triggerfish, hamlets,

basslets, jacks, groupers, trigger fish, boxfish, puffers, and wrasses.

There are also lots of Christmas tree worms that decorate the coral reef,

and if you look closely and you can find little gobies and blennies hiding

out. Cleaning stations are all over the place, with Pederson shrimp waving

their antennas to let the fish (and sometimes divers) know that they are

open for business. Look a little closer and you can find other species of

shrimp, crabs, lobster, and nudibranch. Sometimes as you are passing over

the reef, you might see a rock move, then come to realize that you have just

spotted the elusive scorpion fish hiding in plain sight.

 

There was some pretty exciting diving this week as we had encounters with

green morays out swimming, hawksbill turtles tagging along with divers,

Eagle Rays cruising by along the wall, Southern stingrays and a massive

roughtail stingray gliding across the sand, and Caribbean Reef sharks

swimming around checking out the divers.

 

There were also some rare sighting of seahorses, pipehorses, and flapping

dingbats. On the night dives we saw eels and octopus feeding, found tons of

lobster, saw several nudibranch, and spent a lot of time watching squid.

 

On Tuesday we went into the Marine Park to dive the Blue Hole and visit Half

Moon Cayes Booby bird sanctuary. The Blue Hole was once a huge cave that

has since become submerged, and has some massive stalactite formations down

at depth. Definitely a unique dive. Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is home

to a colony of over 4000 white-phased red footed booby birds, and is the

only nesting grounds for these birds in Belize.

 

The group also spent a half day cave tubing down a river through a cave

system inland Belize at Jaguar Paw. It was a beautiful day to lazily float

down the river on inner tubes.

 

Congrats to Devon on his Nitrox and Advanced Open Water Cerifications, and

Congrats to David, Doug, and Mike on getting their Iron Diver awards!

 

A big THANK YOU! to our guests from the crew! Hope to see you again very

EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!