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BAIII Captain’s Log
Dec 24-31, 2016
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 70ft
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors: Jerome, Daniel, & Ken
Saturday Dec 24, 2016
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard Allison, Deb, Lori, Bill, Dana, Tracy, Rob, Jen, Leslie, Hazel, Kourtney, Jordan, Gerald, Jayme, Mark, Alvaro, Mike, and Cheryl
5:30pm Safety briefing and introductions
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Dec 25, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! We had a great day of diving on Christmas day in the beautiful tropical weather of Belize. It was a great first day to start of the week. We had sightings of green morays, lots of barracuda and grouper, flying fish, razorfish, garden eels, pipefish, yellow head jawfish, lobsters, schools of jacks, snappers and Creole wrasse, lots of neck crabs, lettuce sea slugs, and peacock flounder. We also found an octopus on the afternoon dive, and then on the night dive we found 4 octopi in the first 5 minutes!
Monday Dec 26 2016
Dive Sites: Site-X & Long Caye Wall
Our first site of the day was Site-X for the morning and then Long Caye Wall for the afternoon and night dives. We found a huge green moray swimming on the reef, then went into a hole, kicking a lobster out before settling into its spot. We saw some sailfin blennies, razorfish, garden eels, flounder, and jawfish in the sand. On the reef we found some lettuce sea slugs, and cleaning stations manned by Pederson shrimp.
In the afternoon we had more great dives at Long Caye Wall. Lots of tarpon were hanging around under the boat along with a school of horse-eye jacks. We saw a pair of Caribbean reef sharks, several barracuda, groupers, a golden tail moray, and lots of colourful reef fish.
Tuesday Dec 27, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole& Half Moon Caye
The first dive of the day was at the Great Blue Hole, and then we spent the rest of the day at Half Moon Caye Wall for some amazing dives. As soon as we jumped in, we saw a big barracuda under the boat, and several Southern stingrays were grazing the sand and grass beds. As we descended, we could see countless garden eels and razor fish on the bottom, and schools of blue parrotfish, hogfish, and goat fish were feeding. A huge Eagle ray was digging its snout in the sand and glided past us…that thing was massive! We also saw several Caribbean reef sharks down the wall. In the grass beds we found headshield slugs, flapping dingbats, a lined sole, some flounder, and arrow shrimp.
Wednesday Dec 28, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Silver Caves
Wednesday the excitement started from the surface, with a sighting of a hawksbill turtle coming up for air, then dolphins swimming around the boat. On the dives, we saw several Caribbean reef sharks, a spotted Eagle ray, black groupers, green and spotted morays, a nurse shark, and schools of Creole wrasse. On the wall we found a beautiful seahorse hanging on to a red rope sponge.
Thursday Dec 29, 2016
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Cathedral
The word of the day was “SHARK!” There were so many sharks on every dive. We had Caribbean reef sharks coming around at both sites and on every dive, and they would just hang around. We also saw several nurse sharks, turtles, and Eagle rays. Groupers were in abundance, and we saw several octopi…both during the day and on the night dive. Another cool sighting on the night dive was a massive loggerhead turtle that came to check out the divers.
Other sightings today included sailfin blennies, Southern stingrays, harlequin pipefish, flamingo tongues, neck crabs, tarpon, squid, scorpionfish, and barracuda. We also saw green, spotted, and goldentail morays. The reef fish were everywhere…butterfly fish, Angelfish, parrotfish, schools of blue tangs and Creole wrasse, jacks, snappers, groupers, trumpetfish, damselfish, hamlets, and just tons of blennies and gobies.
Friday Dec 30, 2016
Dive Site: Grand Bogue
The final 2 dives of the week were over on Turneffe Atoll at Grand Bogue. We got to see the white spotted toadfish. There were also eel and turtle sightings. It is awesome to see the hustle and bustle of the early dives, with different species of fish getting started about their day. We saw some beautiful painted tunicates (or tunakids as Allison calls them) on the wall, and there were Creole wrasse swarming around us.
Congrats to Allison, Kourtney, and Jordan for getting their Advanced Open Water, and congrats to Allison to getting her Nitrox certification as well.
Congrats to Rob, Mark, and Deb on becoming the newest IRON DIVERS on the Belize Aggressor III.
Thank you all for a great week and thank you for coming to spend the Christmas holidays with us!
Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!