Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Mar 21-28, 2015
Avg. Sea State: flat to choppy
Avg. Winds: 10 knots
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Air Temp: 88F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft
Stewardess - Vanessa
Instructor - Ken
Divemaster – Max
This week we welcomed back Sam Rutherford and his SKIN N SCUBA group from Kansas for their annual dive trip aboard the beautiful Belize Aggressor. Joining us this week are Sam, Amy, Ellen, Jim, Carla, Marty, Jeff, Sheila, Eric, Tammy, Neil, Megan, Darren, Allyson, Jason, Michelle, Shawn, & Angelina.
Sun Mar 22, 2015
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zip Line
The week’s diving started at Sandy Slope on the West side of Turneffe Atoll. Greeting us underwater were a pair of Eagle Rays gliding along the top of the reef. There was a coral head that was overflowing with lobster…there were over 2 dozen lobsters just hanging out inside that one coral head. We also saw several groupers, a green moray, an adult spotted drum, a rare sighting of a snake eel, several barracuda, schools of creole wrasse and mullets. Also moving about the reef were Angelfish, Parrotfish, Hamlets, Damselfish, trumpet fish, rock beauties, grunts, snappers, chromis, Sargassum triggerfish, and lots of other species of reef fish.
Mon Mar 23, 2015
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Cathedral
After motoring from Turneffe, we woke up Monday morning at Long Caye Ridge on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. The morning’s dive gave us a friendly loggerhead turtle that swam straight through the group of divers. We were able to snap off a bunch of pictures. As we dropped down the wall, we saw a lot of barracuda and groupers. It was very cool to look upward and see schools of Creole Wrasse, Horse-eye jacks, mullet, and bar jacks just criss-crossing each other. In the sand we found some flounder, yellow-headed jawfish; sail fin blenny, and a pipefish.
Tuesday Mar 24, 2015
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
Before diving today, we went on land over on Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. At approximately 50 miles from the mainland, Half Moon Caye is Belize’s furthest terrestrial property. This world heritage site is home to a colony of over 4000 white-phased Red Footed Booby birds, and is nesting grounds for several species of turtles.
After our visit to the island, we motored to the Blue Hole for our first dive of the day, and then finished off the afternoon and night dives at Half Moon Caye Wall. Today was an exciting day of diving, with sharks and Eagle rays off the wall, and a little green sea turtle eating grass in the shallows. We also saw several Southern stingrays, some friendly Nassau groupers, and some tarpon hanging out under the boat. In the sand and grass beds, we found pipe horses, pipefish, and a little remora laying in the sand that swam up to try to attach to the Divemaster as he swam over it.
Wed Mar 25, 2015
Dive Sites: Dos Cocos & Long Caye Wall
The action started immediately on our first dive when we saw a green moray out hunting on the reef. As the dive went on, we encountered a pair of hawksbill turtles, an Eagle Ray, several black groupers, a Caribbean Reef shark, and you could see schools of bar jacks and Creole wrasse just swimming around. Even before we hopped in for the afternoon dives, there was a big hawksbill turtle floating on the surface right next to the boat. On the later dives, we saw 5 Eagle rays, another Caribbean reef shark, and a huge Loggerhead turtle that had 4 big remoras attached to its stomach. We also saw 2 juvenile spotted drums, some scrawled filefish, a big porcupinefish, and lots of different hamlets, angelfish, parrotfish, triggerfish, damselfish, and snappers.
Thurs Mar 26, 2015
Dive Sites: Painted Wall, X Site
On the morning dives we saw 3 hawksbill turtles, a huge porcupinefish, green moray, a bunch of scrawled filefish, neck crabs, and Hamner’s tritonia (nudibranch). There were also schools of Creole wrasse off the wall and blue tang’s scouring along the reef.
We came across a very old looking Loggerhead scooting along the top of the wall. We also found a very cool and rare go-tee blenny.
Fri Mar 27, 2015
Dive Site: Silver Cave
Our final dives of the week were at Silver Cave, and what a finale for the week! We saw 4 sharks, hawksbill turtles, free-swimming moray eels, and a pod of dolphins swam right off the stern. Very awesome dives to send off our great guests this week.
Congrats to Sheila, Neil, and Megan on getting their IRON DIVER award! Also, congrats to Michelle, Jason, and Sheila on hitting their 100th dive this week.
Thank you Skin n Scuba for bringing a great group of divers four years in a row! See you next year!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!