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BAIII Captain’s Log
Dec 17-24, 2016
Sea State: choppy to rough
Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 70ft
Stewardess – Vanessa
Engineer/DM - Fermin
Instructors: Daniel & Ken
Saturday Dec 17, 2016
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard Anya, Rachel, Roger, Keith, Sheila, Michael, Aaron, Andrea, Tim, Colin, Garrett, Julie, Ami, and Adam.
5:30pm Safety briefing and introductions
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Dec 18, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
We started the week with our morning dives on the West side of Turneffe Atoll at a site called Sandy Slope, then motored over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and jumped in for our afternoon and night dives at Julie’s Jungle. It was a great first day of diving with some amazing dives and unique sightings. We saw several lobsters, nice sponge life, tarpon, big mutton snappers and dog snappers, schools of mahogany snappers and grunts, sargassum triggerfish, flounder, lots of garden eels, yellow head jawfish, and razorfish. We also saw a spotted moray swimming around and were approached by a huge green moray. One of the highlights on the dive was a little seahorse hanging out by a sponge. Even from the surface we had cool sightings…a huge manatee swam up near the stern, he had to be at least 8ft long. And as we did the crossing from Turneffe to Lighthouse Reef, we were accompanied by dolphins swimming and jumping along the vessel.
Monday Dec 19, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Long Caye Wall
Monday went diving at Long Caye Ridge and Long Caye Wall on the west side of Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Both sites have fantastic reef coral and sponge life, as well as an array of species of fish. Even before we hopped in, we saw a big hawksbill turtle on the surface, and later that day we had some dolphins swimming around the boat. On the dives we saw several tarpon, lots of barracuda, groupers, porcupine fish, a pair of lobsters hanging out in a sponge, Southern stingray, flounders, neck crabs, and lots of cleaning stations. Along with octopus and squid, we also saw a pair of Caribbean reef sharks on the night dive.
Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, & Cathedral
Tuesday we visited the world famous Great Blue Hole, where we dropped down to the depths below to see the massive stalactites that formed when this dive site was a cave above ground. We motored to Half Moon Caye Wall for one dive, then after lunch we finished the afternoon at Cathedral. Today we were visited by several Caribbean Reef sharks that were right below us as we descended. We also had fun with a friendly hawksbill turtle, saw some flapping dingbats in the sandy bottom, and were surrounded by a school of Creole wrasse. We also watched hogfish, Southern stingrays, sailor’s choice, and blue parrotfish feeding on the sand and grass beds. During our surface interval, there was another hawksbill turtle on the surface.
Wednesday Dec 21, 2016
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Site - X
Wednesday we found a lot of macro critters…neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, wire coral shrimp, lettuce sea slugs, hamner’s tritonia, wire coral shrimp, arrow blennies, secretary and spiny head blennies, and loads of cleaning stations. In the sand we found a baby flounder, lots of yellow head jawfish, and several sailfin blennies. Beside the macro stuff, we also saw several green morays, and 3 Caribbean reef sharks.
Thursday Dec 22, 2016
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Half Moon Caye, & Grand Bogue
Thursday was our last full day of diving, and to start it off, we saw sharks on both morning dives, as well as spotted Eagle Rays…we even saw a spotted Eagle Ray jump out of the water. Nassau groupers were in abundance and very friendly as they tagged along with the divers. We saw a huge barracuda just hanging out under the boat, and a school of bar jacks swarmed the divers. During lunch we did the crossing to Turneffe Atoll and hopped in at Grand Bogue.
Once again, as we were pulling up to the mooring at Grand Bogue, we saw a hawksbill turtle on the surface. Luckily we also got to see one on the dive as well. We also saw peacock flounders, yellow head jawfish, channel clinging crabs, green morays, a conger eel, lettuce sea slugs, neck crabs and squid.
Friday Dec 23, 2016
Dive Site: Front Porch
Though we got to see the rare white spotted toadfish, schools of rainbow parrotfish, Creole wrasse, green morays, loads of cleaning stations, Southern stingrays, and lots of other reef fish, the highlight of the dive was definitely the pod of dolphins that passed through. We got to dive with dolphins on the last dive! A huge pod of several dozen dolphins swam by, and about a dozen of them came to check out the divers under the boat while some were diving and others were doing their safety stop. The dolphins hung out for a while, so our guests that were already on board jumped back in to snorkel amongst the dolphins. Pretty spectacular way to end of the week!
Congrats to Colin on becoming the only IRON DIVER this week!
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!