Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
June 18-25, 2016
Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Steward - Randy
Engineer - Fermin
Instructor - Daniel
Deck Asst - Jadiel
Saturday June 18, 2016
3:00 PM - Guest board
This week we had 18 guests. Welcome aboard Chris, Paul, Jill, Peter, Nick,
Kim, Jeff, John, Scott, Holly, Ian, Glen, BJ, Therese, John, George,
Jennifer, and Kathy.
Sunday June 19, 2016
Dive Sites: Julies Jungle & Long Caye Ridge
Our first dive day set the standard for the week. Both of these sites have
beautiful reefs, tons of colourful fish, and amazing sponge life. We saw 3
Caribbean reef sharks, a nurse shark, over 2 dozen barracuda, a huge black
grouper, a green moray out swimming, a spotted moray in a hole, several
lobsters, neck crabs, a pair of peacock flounder, sailfin blennies
displaying their fins, juvenile spotted drums, tarpon, and schools of jacks
and Creole wrasse. We also saw a Creole wrasse get snagged by a grouper.
Monday June 20, 2016
Dive Sites: X-Site & Long Caye Wall
Today was probably the best day of diving for a number of our guests.not
only did we get to snorkel and dive with dolphins, but we got to see them
courting and mating. Two dolphins spend about a half hour swim around and
under the vessel. They were swimming around the group of divers and just
having a good old time!
Though that was probably the highlight, we did see some other cool stuff,
including Caribbean Reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, neck crabs, Southern
stingray, a rare harlequin pipehorse, and 2 seahorses.one large black one
and a tiny yellow one.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Tuesday morning for our first dive of the day, we did a deep dive at the
Great Blue Hole. Our divers descended down to observe massive stalactite
formations that were formed thousands of years ago. Next stop was Half Moon
Caye Natural Monument to see the nesting grounds for the white-phased red
foot booby bird and the magnificent frigate bird. On our walk, we also found
several gecko, anolis lizard, and spiny tail iguanas. The park rangers also
had an area on the beach blocked off, because there were some loggerhead
turtle eggs in the sand.
After lunch we went over to Silver Caves for an afternoon of amazing diving.
As we dropped down the wall, we found a large pregnant seahorse hanging on
to a red rope sponge. Two Caribbean reef sharks approached and swam around
for a little while, and then a large spotted Eagle ray swooped in then
headed to the deep. Coming over the wall was like swimming through an
underwater garden of soft corals and sea plumes. There were trunk fish,
tarpon, Creole wrasse, jacks, trumpet fish, and many other species of fish
bustling about. On the edge of the reef as we headed back to the boat, we
found a well camouflaged scorpionfish and a tiny neck crab.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & South East Cut
Today was a day filled with sharks, rays, turtles, and macro critters. We
saw several Caribbean Reef sharks at both dive sites, down the wall and also
in the shallows. An Eagle ray also glided by down below right above one of
the reef sharks. As we looked up, we could see a hawksbill turtle.we also
saw a green turtle over the shallows later in the day. Southern stingrays
were all over the place, sliding along the sandy bottom in search of food.
In the grass beds, we found pike blennies, pipefish, head shield slugs,
flapping dingbats, shrimp, crabs, and a pipe horse.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Dive Sites: Tarpon Caves & Eagle Ray Pass
We had some great dives today! You could spend the whole week exploring the
great formations and swim-throughs at Tarpon Caves, and the beautiful wall
and reefs at Eagle Ray Pass. Today we saw several Caribbean Reef sharks, 3
green sea turtles feeding in the grass, eagle rays, morays, nurse sharks,
and lots of Southern stingrays. We found juvenile flamingo tongues, adult
spotted drums, several neck crabs, Pedersen cleaning shrimp at cleaning
stations, burrfish, porcupine fish, schools of parrotfish and blue tangs,
and countless jawfish. We also found another rare harlequin pipefish and a
white nose pipefish.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge
Our final dives of the week were at Long Caye Ridge. We dropped in at 6am to
watch the marine life wake up. There was a lot of activity with Creole
wrasses, horse-eye jacks, blue chromis, sergeant majors, and bar jacks
swimming around. We saw 2 green morays out swimming along the reef, and a
small hawksbill going up to the surface for air. On the wall we found
decorator crabs and wire coral shrimp, and as we headed over the shallows we
observed tons of reef fish starting their day. The sponge life at this site
is amazing, with massive barrel sponges and beautiful tube sponges.
Happy birthday to John and Therese!
Congrats to BJ, and our father and son team, Scott and Glen, for doing all
the dives this week and becoming Belize Aggressor III IRON DIVERS!!!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!