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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 9-16, 2016
Sea State: Light chop to choppy
Air Temp: 85F
Water Temp: 80F
Visibility: 80- 100Ft
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors – Andre & Ken
Divemaster – Fermin
Deck Asst. - Jadiel
Sunday July 10, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Nurse Shark Ridge
The first day of diving offered up a lot for our excited divers to see. We ran across a spotted Eagle ray within the first few minutes of the dive, and could see a pair of southern stingrays grazing about in the sand. We also saw a green moray, scorpionfish, lots of groupers and barracuda, razorfish, garden eels, yellow head jawfish, a juvenile trunk fish, pipefish, peacock flounders, schools of mahogany snapper and schoolmasters, and a pair of Caribbean reef sharks.
Monday July 11, 2016
Dive sites: Site X & Long Caye Wall
We had a fantastic day diving Site X with its great sand chutes, massive display of deep water gorgonians, garden of soft corals, colourful coral heads, and an amazing wall drop off; and Long Caye Wall with its lush, colourful reef scenery, beautiful wall drop off, great sponge life, and abundance of species of reef fish and marine life. Today we saw a juvenile spotted drum, 2 seahorses, green morays, goldentail morays, neck crabs, cleaning stations, sail fin blennies, several slender filefish, lettuce sea slugs, and tons of blennies and gobies. Off the wall we descended amongst schools of Creole Wrasse, bar jacks, horse-eye jacks, Sergeant majors, Bermuda chubs, and a gang of barracuda. A huge black grouper hovered above as a Caribbean Reef shark swam below. As we were finishing our dive we spotted a hawksbill turtle.
Tuesday July 12, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Ridge
We started the day with a dive at the Great Blue Hole, followed by an island excursion to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument to look at the nesting grounds for the Red Footed Booby Bird and the Magnificent Frigate Bird.
After lunch we hopped into great visibility at Long Caye Ridge for our afternoon and night dives. Today’s sightings included 6 Caribbean Reef sharks, a blacktip reef shark, a nurse shark, 3 Eagle Rays swimming together, huge black groupers, lots of barracudas, tarpon, green morays, schools of horse eye jacks and Creole wrasse, permit, and lots of other reef fish. We also saw some lobster crawling around and inside a huge barrel sponge and a large eye toadfish completely out of his hole.
Wednesday July 13, 2016
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Silver Caves
Today we had a full day of great diving. Our morning dives were at Julie’s Jungle, a site that has some of the best sponge life anywhere in the Caribbean. We saw some massive barrel sponges, one of them was over 12 ft high. We also got to dive with a hawksbill turtle that swam right up to the divers, while another hawksbill was busy feeding on the reef along with a group of Queen angelfish. A pair of spotted eagle rays glided past us as we cruised the wall, and on the way back we saw another down deep below. We found a huge green moray tucked in the reef as he was getting cleaned, and found several neck crabs on the soft corals.
For the afternoon and night dives, we had great visibility at Silver Caves. We saw more eagle rays and another hawksbill turtle. Down on the wall we found a large lined seahorse hanging on to a red rope sponge. Large black groupers circled below as tarpon and a group of trunk fish circled above. We could hear dolphins whistling, but never saw them…well, at least not underwater, we did see them on the surface. Creole wrasse, bar jacks, yellow tail snappers, mahogany snappers, and horse eye jacks created a huge school of mixed species of fish. We could also see mackerel and a wahoo speeding by along the edge of the wall. Right before we headed up to our safety stop, we found a tiny juvenile trunkfish bobbing around, and a scorpionfish lay still, hiding in plain sight.
Thursday July 14, 2016
Dives Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Grand Bogue
We woke up to a beautiful, sunny day and headed over to Half Moon Caye Wall. On our morning dives, we saw a Caribbean Reef shark, 2 Eagle rays, several Southern stingrays, Nassau groupers, black groupers, barracuda, and a hawksbill turtle. We also watch hogfish, sailor’s choice, goatfish, and blue parrotfish grazing in the sand and grass beds. There were also tons of razorfish and garden eels. In the grass beds, we also saw several different species of headshield slugs, flapping dingbats, crabs, nudibranchs, and shrimp.
At lunch we motored from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to Turneffe Atoll and jumped in at Grand Bogue. We had amazing visibility and some awesome dives. There were several big stingrays, a huge loggerhead turtle, a small hawksbill turtle, green morays, and lots of reef fish swimming about.
Friday July 15, 2016
Dive Site: Black Beauty
Our final day of diving gave us a bunch of Eagle Ray sightings…we saw a pair of large Eagle rays, and 4 other Eagle Ray sightings through the course of our 2 morning dives. We also saw rainbow and midnight parrotfish, schools of jacks, green morays our swimming, Southern stingrays, and a hawksbill turtle.
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to Steve and Laura, and thank you for coming to Belize to celebrate your special days with us.
Congrats to Gina on getting her 300th dive.
Congrats to Tomas on getting his 400th dive.
Congrats to Ani, Mary and Markus on getting their Nitrox certifications.
Congrats to Esteban on completing his Advanced Open Water.
Congrats to our newest divers, Alex and Josh, on becoming certified Open Water divers.
Congrats to Tomas, Tim, Esteban, Markus, Patricio, and Anthony 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!