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Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log, 3-10 December 2016
Air Temp: 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Celsius
Water Temp: 85 Fahrenheit / 29 Celsius
1st Mate: John
17 Guests: Mimi & Peter, Dean, Andrew, Chie, Cecile, Doreen, Joy & Noel, John, Gregg, Bill, Heather, Joe, Rob, Grant & Danielle.
Sunday- Long Caye Ridge & Julies Jungle
Monday- Eagle Ray Pass & Painted Wall
Tuesday- Blue Hole, Lighthouse Wall & Long Caye Ridge
Wednesday- Half Moon Caye Wall & Silver Caves
Thursday- Cathedral & Long Caye Wall
Friday- Black Beauty
Guests boarded and were shown to their cabins. Guest and crew introductions were made, followed by a vessel safety briefing. Refreshments on arrival and then dinner served onboard. A late evening departure from Belize City. Overnight passage eastward past Turneffe Atoll and further eastward to Lighthouse Reef. Belize Aggressor stayed at its night mooring within the atoll lagoon.
After breakfast, a short journey south was made from the night mooring to the reefs West of Long Caye. A check dive plus an additional morning dive was made at Long Caye Ridge dive site. All divers were happy with their dive equipment. Divers found schools of horse eyed jacks, friendly groupers, two swimming moray eels and many spiny lobsters and barracudas.
While guests had lunch, Belize Aggressor moved to Julies Jungle dive site, located in the same fringing reef system on the western side of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives at this dive site where divers found lettuce sea slugs, Spanish lobsters, huge schools of creole wrasse, horse eyed jacks and moray eels. A night dive was completed at the same dive site. Divers found many crabs, squid, feather and brittle stars, southern stingrays, shrimp, comb jellies and octopus. After the dive, guests enjoyed the Jacuzzi hot tub on the top deck. Belize Aggressor III stayed at the dive site overnight.
After breakfast, the Belize Aggressor moved from Julies Jungle to Eagle Ray Pass dive site. Two morning dives at this site. Divers found Eagle rays, hawksbill turtle and large schools of creole wrasse. While guests had lunch, the Belize Aggressor travelled to Painted Wall dive site. Divers interacted with several moray eels and couple of hawksbill turtles. A night dive was completed at the same site. Divers found octopus, squid, tarpon, both Spanish and spiny lobsters, hundreds of basket stars and feather stars. After the night dive, the Aggressor travelled back into Lighthouse Atoll lagoon to stay at its night mooring.
After breakfast, Belize Aggressor travelled north, meandering through lighthouse inner reefs, to the Blue Hole dive site. Calm conditions and a South Easterly breeze for this single dive. The divers viewed the Blue hole’s natural circular form and underwater stalactites.
After the dive, Belize Aggressor traveled back south to Half Moon Caye, where guests departed for an island excursion. Frigate birds, red breasted boobie birds were viewed at this marine sanctuary. Guests wandered along the beach and relaxed in the shade of the palm trees.
Guests returned onboard from the island for lunch.
After lunch Belize Aggressor headed to Lighthouse wall dive site. Two afternoon dives here. Divers found southern stingrays, a large feather tail stingray, conch, and schools of creole wrasse, friendly Nassau groupers and yellow fin groupers. After the second afternoon dive, Belize Aggressor headed back West, through the Lagoon and to the Western reefs of Long Caye. The night dive was completed at Long Caye Ridge. Divers heard the underwater calls of the elusive reef toadfish. Divers found many basket stars, tarpon plus both slipper and spiny lobsters, octopus and squid.
After the night dive, Belize Aggressor stayed at the dive site overnight.
In the morning after breakfast, Aggressor III moved from Long Caye Ridge dive site to the South of Half Moon Caye. Two dives were completed at Half Moon Cay Wall dive site. Divers enjoyed interactions with reef sharks and eagle rays. Other highlights included schools of Creole wrasse, barracuda and friendly groupers. Divers also found nudibranch, hundreds of garden eels, conch, spiny lobsters and a nurse shark. While guests enjoyed lunch onboard, Belize Aggressor moved west, back through lighthouse lagoon to the North of Long Caye. Two dives at the Silver Caves dive site. Divers enjoyed the caverns filled with silverside fish plus again divers found reef sharks, southern stingrays and the macro photographers found a seahorse. The night dive was also completed at the same dive site. The seahorse was found again plus many basket, brittle and feather stars on the crest of the reef wall. Divers also found many neck crabs and spiny lobsters as well as squid found directly beneath the Belize Aggressor. After the night dive, the Aggressor moved to its night mooring in Lighthouse atoll lagoon.
After breakfast, Aggressor moved from its night mooring to Cathedral dive site. This wall dive site is situated on the North West of Long Caye. Divers enjoyed good visibility. Two morning dives at this site. Divers found Eagle rays plus a number of moray eels, scorpion fish, lettuce sea slugs and barracuda.
After lunch, Belize Aggressor moved north to Long Caye Wall dive site. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive at this site. Several sharks, barracudas, Nassau groupers plus large schools of creole wrasse visited divers on the reef crest. Divers also found schooling horse eyed jacks, decorator and long arm neck crabs plus octopus and tarpon fish. After the night dive, the Belize aggressor headed back to its night mooring. Evening entertainment was the showing of the week charter video, which was filmed by Instructor Jerome.
Belize Aggressor left its night mooring in the early hours and with calm seas travelled back westward to the South of Turneffe Atoll. Arriving at Black Beauty dive site. An early dawn dive before breakfast plus another further morning dive at this site. Macro photographers were pleased to find the endemic bearded toadfish. Other aquatic life that was found included southern stingrays, a hawksbill turtle plus a nurse shark.
After the second dive, Belize Aggressor headed further west for arrival back in Belize City for early afternoon.
In the evening, guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers during the showing of the photo slideshow compiled by both crew and guests.
Award presentations for the following divers:
Iron Diver Awards: Cecile, Noel, Heather & Bill,
Enriched Air Divers: Andrew, Mimi & Peter
300 Dives Milestone: John
…Well that’s the week over and at 08:00 AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Beautiful Belize Aggressor III.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!
Captain Matt Rutledge