Belize Aggressor III Capt. Log
Nov 12-19, 2016
Avg. Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Winds: 15-20 knots
Avg. Water Temp: 84F
Avg. Air Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 80ft
2nd Capt. - Matt
Steward – Randy
Instructors – Jerome & Ken
Deck Asst. - Jadiel
Sat Nov 12, 2016:
Guests boarded at 16:30. Welcome Aboard Fred, Ron K., Joyce, Ron D., Andrea, Natascha, Teresa, Chuck, Ruth, Kevin, Martin, Kay, Mike, Peter, Catherine, Jim, and Lou
Sun Nov 13, 2016:
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Black Beauty
We woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning and great diving conditions. Our eager divers listened in on the briefing and hopped in for our check out dive at Sandy Slope on the West side of Turneffe Atoll, where we spent the morning diving. For the afternoon, we headed down and went diving at Black Beauty on the Southern tip of Turneffe Atoll. We had some amazing dives on our first day and had some really cool sightings. There were several green morays out feeding along the reef, Southern stingrays grazed the sandy bottom, garden eels, jawfish, and razorfish were in abundance, as well as schools of jacks, mahogany snappers, Creole wrasse, blue chormis, and Sergeant majors. One of the coolest things we saw today was a juvenile bat fish. It was so tiny it would fit on my fingernail. We also found the white spotted toadfish, which is indigenous to Turneffe Atoll.
Mon Nov 14, 2016:
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Long Caye Ridge
Today we woke up at Lighthouse Reef to a beautiful sunrise and flat calm seas. For the morning dives, we hopped in at Lighthouse Wall on the South of Half Moon Caye, and the afternoon we moved over to Long Caye Ridge on the West side of Long Caye. We got to dive with friendly groupers, Southern stingrays, and barracuda, and saw a white spotted Eagle ray cruise by below. A lazy nurse shark let us take pictures before swimming away. There were loads of reef fish swimming about, and we could see a green moray peeking from under a rock. We also found some skeleton shrimp in the grass beds, peacock flounder in the sand, slender filefish and flamingo tongues on the soft corals, and neck crabs on the wall, as well as several large lobsters in the reef.
Tues Nov 15, 2016:
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
Tuesday morning we visited the world famous Blue Hole for the first dive of the day. This dive site is different from any of our other dives sites in that we go down the limestone wall to see massive stalactite formations hanging down below at depth instead of the colourful reefs and abundance of fish on the other sites. These formations were formed tens of thousands of years ago when the blue hole was not a hole, but a gigantic cave.
Next stop was Half Moon Caye wall for the remainder of the day. This is a very diverse dive site, with sandy flats, grass beds, swim-throughs, coral mounds, and a dramatic wall drop-off. We could see schools of blue parrotfish, sailor’s choice snappers, and goat fish grazing on the sand, as well as several Southern stingrays. Also in abundance were garden eels and razorfish. On the wall midnight parrotfish, blue tangs, and Creole wrasse swam along. There is a great variety of reef fish, such as chromis, damselfish, hamlets, basslets, wrasses, snappers, etc., on the top of the reef. Some of the breaks in the reef were filled with silversides, while bar jacks dipped in to feed.
Wed Nov 16, 2016
Dive Sites: Inspiration & 2 of a Kind
Wednesday’s dives were located on the East side of Long Caye, where we spent the day. First we jumped in at Inspiration for our morning dives and then at 2 of a Kind for the afternoon dives. There was an abundance of groupers on both dives…black groupers, Nassau groupers, Tiger groupers, and Yellow fin groupers. We also saw 2 nurse sharks, a friendly hawksbill turtle, and several morays. There were also clusters of Queen angelfish, lots of black durgeons, and countless parrotfish. On the reef we spotted 2 lettuce sea slugs.
Thurs Nov 17, 2016
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
The word of the day is “Shark”. We had some cool encounters with some Caribbean Reef sharks, and then got a visit from a Great Hammerhead…unfortunately he was not as sociable as the reef sharks and left after a few minutes. We also saw green and hawksbill turtles, hung out with some friendly groupers, looked on as Southern stingrays grazed the bottom, and did our safety stop with a huge barracuda. There were also several tarpon and large jacks under the boat. On the wall we could see streams of Creole wrasse, schools of parrotfish and blue tangs, and watched the reef fish scurrying about the reef.
Friday Nov 18, 2016
Dive Site: Julie’s Jungle & Silver Caves
For our early dives we went to Julie’s Jungle and then moved after breakfast for the last dive of the week.
Happy Birthday to Chuck!
Congrats to our Milestone Divers: Mike – 100 dives, Andrea – 400 dives, and Jim with a huge 2000 dives!!!
Congrats to Kevin and Ruth on getting their Night Diver certifications.
Congrats to Peter on becoming the newest Iron Diver on the Belize Aggressor III.
Thank you all for visiting the Belize Aggressor III. Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!