Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Apr 2-9, 2016
Sea State: Calm
Air Temp: 80-84F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 150+ (Amazing viz this week)
Steward - Randy
Engineer/DM - Fermin
Instructors: Daniel & Andre
Saturday April 2, 2016
3:00pm Guests board: Herve, Josiane, Bob, Kathy, Simon, Marie, Sebastien, Noemi, Helen, Sven, Rick, Kevin C, Peter, Ann, Marie, Tom, Kevin, and Amy.
5:30pm Safety briefing and introductions
6:00 Dinner is served!
This week we were blessed with great weather, amazing visibility, and PHENOMENAL diving! It is amazing how much each week the weather and marine life can vary at the same sites in the same area. Some weeks you are looking and looking for certain marine life and some weeks (like this one) you can’t decide whether to take a picture of the shark, turtle, or Eagle Ray, same with the visibility, some weeks it is good and some weeks (like this one) it almost seemed limitless. What an AMAZING week of diving with a great group of divers!
Sunday April 3, 2016, 2016
Dive Sites: Front Porch & Black Beauty
We started our day with a beautiful sunrise and finished with an equally beautiful sunset. Our first day was spent diving on the Southern tip of Turneffe Atoll. Today set the standard for the week with great visibility and we saw such a huge variety of marine life and beautiful coral reefs. It started with the green morays and a pair of Eagle Rays, and finished with a very chill Hawksbill turtle just hanging out on the reef. In between, we had sightings of Southern stingrays, a nurse shark, and schools of Creole Wrasse and horse-eye jacks. Several different species of parrotfish inhabit this reef, including the rainbow and midnight parrotfish. We found the indigenous spotted toadfish and a scorpion fish, saw lettuce sea slugs, tons of lobster, and giant channel clinging crabs. Observed tiny shrimp and gobies as they cleaned the grouper and barracuda and cleaning stations, and swam amongst a wide array of dozens of different species of fish bustling around the reef.
Monday April 4, 2016
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & South East Cut
Today we were blessed with limitless visibility and awesome dives. We saw everything! Sharks, eagle ray, turtles, a nurse shark, amberjack, tarpon, barracuda, groupers, southern stingrays, razor fish, garden eels, pipefish, pipe horse, skeleton shrimp, head shield slugs, flapping dingbat, crabs, silversides, seahorses, and king fish. There was also the usual variety of reef fish, including Angelfish, hamlets, triggerfish, filefish, etc.
Tuesday April 5, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Chain Wall
The Great Blue Hole was our first dive of the day, before heading over to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument for our island excursion. The island is home to a colony of 4000 white phased Red Footed Booby birds, who nest along with the Magnificent Frigate birds. Also inhabiting the island are spiny tail iguanas, geckos, hermit crabs, anole lizards, and today we saw a magnificent Osprey.
In the afternoon we hopped in at Chain wall for a couple fantastic dives. Within the first 5 minutes we had already seen 3 Caribbean Reef sharks and a pair of Eagle Rays. We saw more sharks during the dive, as well as several black and Nassau groupers, barracuda, peacock flounders, several lobster, and tons of blue tangs, Queen Triggerfish, and scrawled filefish swimming around.
Wednesday April 6, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Tarpon Caves
Today the great visibility and dives continued. We hopped in at Long Caye Ridge and saw an Eagle Ray gliding along the drop off. A little hawksbill swam above us on the edge of the reef, and we found 2 Nurse Sharks mating. There were also lots of barracuda throughout the dive and a school of horse-eye jacks hung out under the boat. There were also lobsters everywhere.
For the afternoon dives, we went to Tarpon Caves, where we saw Tarpon and a cave. This site has a swim-thru called “The Chimney” where you can drop into the reef and come out on the wall in a tunnel-like cavern. We also saw 2 Caribbean reef sharks, an Eagle Ray, several groupers, and a loggerhead turtle. As we did our safety stop, a remora kept buzzing around looking for a host. Another cool thing on this dive was a very tiny juvenile spotted drum swimming around in a conch shell.
Thursday April 7, 2016
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Johnny’s Wrench
Today was definitely “Turtle Day”, with sighting of at least 8 turtle - Loggerheads, Hawksbills, and Green Turtles…we even saw turtles on the surface from the boat. In addition to turtles, we also saw Eagle rays, 2 stingrays covered in the sand, a moray resting and one out on wall, hammer’s tritonia, skeleton shrimp, several slender filefish, neck crabs, rough head blenny, tarpon, several trunk fish (including a juvenile), a school of bar jacks was under boat, and then at the end of dive another eagle ray came around. Another cool thing was the lobsters, lots of them, some even running across sand. We found 2 octopi; one was just a tiny baby.
Friday April 8, 2016
Sandy Slope & Amber head
The final dives of the week were a great send off, with more turtle and Eagle Ray sightings, tons of lobsters, a lettuce sea slug, and a toadfish. We had a fantastic week and with some great people.
Congrats to Helen, Rick, Kevin, Sven, and Simon for doing all the dives this week and becoming our newest IRON DIVERS!
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!