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July 23-30, 2016
Sea State: Choppy to rough
Air Temp: 85F
Water Temp: 83F
Visibility: 80- 100Ft
Steward – Randy
Instructors – Andre & Daniel
Engineer – Fermin
Deck Asst. - Jason
Welcome Aboard – Laura, Jigna, Ira, Amanda, Scott, Charles, David, Maria, Marc, Jeff, Carmen, Jeff 2, Renee, Rick, Jay, Jill, Kristin, and Tracy.
Sunday July 24, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Nurse Shark Ridge
One of the first things to greet our divers on their first dive of the week was and Eagle ray that swam by right below the boat, and then we saw another in the shallows. We also saw a huge green moray our swimming, watched several black groupers and Nassau grouper chase each other around, found some lobsters, had a staring contest with barracudas, and saw a Southern stingray in the sand. There were tons of garden eels and jawfish across the sandy bottom, and we spotted a peacock flounder.
Monday July 25, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
We had some beautiful dives today at Long Caye Ridge and Painted Wall. With a combination of shallow healthy reefs, bright sunlight, hundreds of colorful fish, great sponges, and fantastic visibility, today felt like we were diving in an aquarium. There were dozens of different species of reef fish scurrying about, the soft corals looked like a garden, and the sunlight made everything glisten. Down the wall we saw a blacktip pup, green moray, and a hawksbill turtle.
Tuesday July 26, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
The Great Blue Hole was our first stop for the day. We hopped in at this World Heritage Site for one dive to check out the massive stalactite formations. Our next stop was and island tour on another World Heritage Site…Half Moon Caye Natural Monument.
After a great lunch onboard, we motored over to Long Caye Wall for the afternoon and night dives. As we were looking at some neck crabs on the wall, an Eagle Ray swam right above us and just glided slowly by before gracefully continuing along the wall…there were 4 more Eagle Ray sightings afterwards. Also on this dive, we saw a huge green moray swimming on the wall, a hawksbill turtle, skeleton shrimp, a yellow seahorse, several tarpon, some slender filefish, and tons of reef fish were swimming about. There was a huge school of a mixture of Creole wrasse, sergeant majors, blue chromis, grey Angelfish, and bar jacks.
Wednesday July 27, 2016
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Site X
Today we visited two awesome dive sites, Silver Caves and Site X, and had some amazing dives. Eagle Rays were in abundance with 4 sightings, and we also saw 2 Southern stingrays. We found a seahorse, lots of neck crabs, and saw 2 green morays today. There were plenty lobster, some lionfish, lots of jacks, tarpon, barracuda, and groupers. Over a dozen trunkfish were swimming around together in a circle. We watched some sailfin blennies and jawfish in the sand, and found some neck crabs and a scorpionfish trying to camouflage on the reef.
Thursday July 28, 2016
Dive Sites: Eagle Ray Pass & Julie’s Jungle
Today we saw dolphins! While on the dive, 4 bottlenose dolphins made a quick pass by to check out some divers before continuing on down the wall. Though we did not get to spend too much time with the dolphins, we got some good quality time with a friendly hawksbill that let us take a selfie with it. We also saw green morays, spotted morays, and a sharptail eel, lots of barracuda and groupers, schools of grunts, blue tangs, Creole wrasse, and mahogany snappers. We found a huge whiptail stingray, saw some Southern stingrays, and a very large Eagle ray glided by the mooring line as we did our safety stop. There were also marine life, like a juvenile spotted drum, several slender filefish, scorpion fish, a porcupine fish, and tons of reef fish on the sites.
Friday July 22, 2016
Dive Site: Long Caye Wall
Our two dives on Friday were a great send off for a fantastic week of diving. We finished off with more sightings of Eagle rays and a hawksbill turtle. There were also 2 green morays out swimming and several spotted morays. The schools of fish were just waking up and starting their day…Creole wrasse, horse-eye jacks, bar jacks, grunts, Bermuda chubs, and snappers were all over the place. We also noticed the angelfish, parrotfish, trumpetfish, triggerfish, and starting to look for food. While the butterfly fish, hamlets, damselfish, chromis, sergeant majors, trunkfish, and black durgeons were fluttering about. Of course, there were several barracuda and groupers as well.
Congrats to our Milestone Divers: David (700 dives) and Tracy (800 dives).
Congrats to our IRON DIVERS this week…Jay, Kristin, Tracy, David, and Jeff.
Hope to see you again soon!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!