Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
June 25th – July 2nd 2015
Sea State: Choppy to rough
Air Temp: 85F
Water Temp: 80F
Visibility: 80- 100Ft
Steward – Randy
Engineer – Fermin
Instructors – Daniel
Deck Asst. - Jason
Sunday June 26, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Long Caye Ridge
As soon as we pulled up to the dive site, we could see a small pod of 8 dolphins swimming around the area…there were also 2 baby dolphins in the group. We watched them for about 15 minutes from the boat. After our briefing and buoyancy check, we headed down to explore Sandy Slope for the morning dives. For the afternoon dives, we jumped in at Long Caye Ridge after motoring from Turneffe Atoll to Lighthouse Reef Atoll. There were some cool sightings today…pipe fish, flounder, lobsters, squat anemone shrimp, large black and Nassau groupers, Southern Stingrays, yellow stingray, neck crabs, a nurse shark, a Caribbean Reef shark, a loggerhead, and hawks bill turtle. Everyone came up from the night dive talking about the octopi, squid, and sharks they saw. Not a bad way to start the week.
Monday June 27, 2016
Dive sites: Julies Jungle & Long Caye Wall
Day 2 gave us another exciting day of diving with sharks and Eagle Rays galore! We saw several Caribbean reef sharks, including on the night dive. There was an Eagle Ray sighting on almost everyday dive today, and we also saw a free swimming green moray. We found a brownish red seahorse as well as a tiny yellow one, and there were plenty of neck crabs and wire coral shrimp along the wall. There was no shortage of barracuda and horse-eye jacks, and several black groupers made appearances.
Tuesday June 28, 2016
Dives Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
The first dive of the day was a deep dive at the Great Blue Hole. We dropped down to see the massive and magnificent stalactites that formed thousands of years ago when the Blue hole was a cave above water. Next we headed to Half Moon Caye Wall for two dives, then to Cathedral for the evening and night dives. We saw Caribbean reef sharks at both sites, at Cathedral there was one below the boat as soon as we jumped in. We also saw Eagle rays, hawks bill turtles, and a green turtle. We watched a green moray swimming along the reef, groupers followed the group, and barracudas just hung around near the boat. In the sand we saw garden eels, razor fish, Southern stingrays, peacock flounder, head shield slugs, flapping dingbats, and pipe horses.
Wednesday June 29, 2016
Dive Sites: Tarpon Caves & Site-X
For the morning dives we jumped in at Tarpon Caves and explored the awesome swim-through. We saw sharks, Eagle rays, Southern stingrays, and green sea turtles. For the afternoon, we visited Site-X and found a huge stingray, sailfin blennies, pipe fish, lettuce sea slugs, skeleton shrimp, neck crabs, squid, giant lobsters, and bone fish. Capt. Chris had a remora latch on to his leg for most of the night dive.
Thursday June 30, 2016
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Silver Caves
Our last full dive day started off with great weather and great visibility. It also was a day that summarized a great week of diving. We saw everything today! On the morning dives we saw 3 Eagle rays in formation, and on the afternoon dives we had 2 Caribbean reef sharks escorting us for most of the dive, they even circled below as we stopped to watch a seahorse on the wall. At the end of the dive, one of the sharks hung around as we did our safety stop below the vessel. On both sites, we saw lobsters, channel clinging crabs, cleaning stations, free swimming morays, hawks bill turtles, flamingo tongues, neck crabs, lots of trunk fish, and just a ton of reef fish all over the place. We were surrounded by schools of Creole wrasse, and were greeted at our safety stop by a school of horse-eye jacks and tarpon.
Friday July 1, 2016
Dive Site: Julies Jungle
We finished off the week with some more dives at Julies Jungle on Friday morning. There were sightings of green morays, hawks bill turtles, Eagle Rays, and a Caribbean reef shark. We also found some lettuce sea slugs, neck crabs, wire coral shrimp, and flamingo tongues. Reef fish were waking up during the early dive and we could see them hustling and bustling. Cleaning stations were open for business, and yellow head jaw fish were popping in and out of their holes.
Congrats to Gary on getting his 100th dive.
Congrats to Danielle on getting her 50th dive.
Congrats to Dani on getting her Nitrox certification.
Congrats to Gary, Michael, and Kurt for doing all the dives and becoming newest IRON DIVERS on the Belize Aggressor III.
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!