Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Feb 28-Mar 12-19, 2016
Avg. Sea State: choppy
Avg. Winds: 15knots
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Air Temp: 87F
Avg. Visibility: 80ft
Stewardess - Vanessa
Instructors – Daniel & Ken
Dive Sites this week:
Sun – Sandy Slope & Zip Line
Mon - Long Caye Wall & Long Caye Ridge
Tues - Blue Hole, Eagle Ray Pass, & Painted Wall
Wed – Nurse Shark Ridge & Julie’s Jungle
Thurs – Painted Wall & Silver Caves
Fri – Quebrada
This week we welcomed back Sam, Marty, Jeff, Carla, and Jim with Skin N Scuba on their annual visit aboard the Belize Aggressor III. Also coming aboard with Skin N Scuba were Andrea, David, Allen, Kathy, Carl, and Julia. In addition to our Skin N Scuba divers, we had Martin, Ray, Kerry, Amy, Darlene, and Drew.
Sat Mar 12, 2016
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety Briefing
6:15PM – Dinner Time!
Sun Mar 13, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zipline
The week started out with some astounding dives at Sandy Slope and then at Zip line, both on Turneffe Atoll. One of the first things we saw was a huge Eagle ray, followed by a hawksbill turtle. We also saw several groupers, creole wrasse, 2 yellow stingrays, some comb jellies, tiny flounder (about the size of a quarter), a big barracuda, lobsters walking around reef, a tiny yellow slug about the size of a flea. The day ended with sightings of a massive loggerhead, a pair of spotted morays being corralled be squirrelfish, and a white speckled nudibranch.
Mon Mar 14, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Long Caye Wall
Monday we woke up at Lighthouse Reef after motoring across from Turneffe Atoll the previous night. We did our dives at Long Caye Ridge and Long Caye Wall on the West side of Long Caye. Both these sites are home to amazing sponge life and abundant marine life that inhabit the beautiful coral reefs. Today we saw more Eagle rays and another loggerhead. A Caribbean Reef shark cruised down below, and a huge green moray came in close to get it’s picture taken. There were also lots of barracuda and a gigantic black grouper, as well as schools of horse-eye jacks, Creole wrasse, and several taropon. There was just as much action on the surface as there was below, with sightings of a loggerhead, dolphins, and a hawksbill turtle from the boat.
Tues Mar 15, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Eagle Ray Pass, & Painted Wall
Typically on the Blue Hole we don’t encounter much marine life, but today we did see an Eagle Ray cruising along the rim of above us as we returned from the depths below. We explored the massive stalactite formations that were formed thousands of years ago when the Blue Hole was a massive cave above ground.
As the day went on, we had fun with 2 hawksbill turtles on 2 separate occasions, that let us swim along beside them while they cruised around the reef, stopping occasionally to grab a bite to eat. A pair of Eagle Rays gracefully glided past us in the shallows. We also saw several cleaning stations, lots of ocean triggerfish, and a lettuce sea slug.
That evening we saw an octopus out feeding.
Wed Mar 16, 2016
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge
Today’s dives started at Nurse Shark Ridge and ended at… The green morays were out in full force as we saw 3 free swimming along the reef. A school of Creole wrasse and mullets engulfed the divers, and lots of colourful reef fish scurried around at the top of the wall. Barracudas were everywhere, and a huge black grouper just hung out at the point on the edge of the drop off.
Later in the day, there were more green morays, some tarpon, several squid, and 2 octopi mating.
Thurs Mar 17, 2016
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Silver Caves
We revisited Painted Wall for our morning dive, and had a pretty exciting dive with a small loggerhead turtle, green morays, tons of lobster, trunkfish, and hundreds of Sergeant Majors.
After the dive, we went on an island excursion over to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument to see the nesting grounds for the White-Phase Red Footed Booby Bird and Magnificent Frigate birds.
For the afternoon and night dives, we hopped in at Silver Caves. On these dives, we got a glimpse of a Caribbean Reef shark circling below at depth, while a small Hawksbill turtle swam along with us for about 10 minutes. There were also some tarpon, several neck crabs, channel clinging crabs, and tiger groupers on that dive.
Fri Mar 18, 2016
Dive Site: Quebrada
For our final dives of the week we hopped in at Quebrada. This site has amazing fish life and a brilliantly coloured reef. We saw some more green morays, a hawksbill turtle, several groupers, and barracuda. The creole wrasse flowed along the reef like early morning traffic. We saw a gigantic channel clinging crab and tiny neck crabs, as well as several cleaning stations. Because we hopped in before breakfast, we were able to witness the transition of nocturnal and diurnal marine life…what a great way to wake up!
We would like to congratulate Martin on reaching 300 dives this week!
Also, congrats to our Iron Divers…Amy, Ray, Darlene, and Dave!
Thanks to Sam Rutherford for contributing photos of the week.
Hope to see you all again, Thank you for visiting us on the Belize Aggressor III. EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!