BAIII Captain’s Log
Dec 31 – Jan7, 2017
Sea State: flat calm to light chop
Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 70ft
Steward – Randy
Instructors: Jerome & Daniel
Deck Assistants: Jason & Jadiel
Saturday Dec 31, 2016
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard! - Jeanine, Paul, Brendan, Tony, Rose, Terry, Karim, Lindsey, Matt, Letha, Dana, Craig, and Mike
5:30pm Safety briefing and introductions
6:00 Dinner is served!
We had phenomenal weather, great visibility, and a wonderful group of divers to join us in bringing in 2017. The crew of the Belize Aggressor III would like to wish you all a great and prosperous New Year!
Sunday Jan 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Eagle Ray Pass
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! One of the first sightings of the year was a beautiful spotted Eagle Ray that soared past our divers at Sandy Slope, our first dive site of 2017. We spent the morning at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll before doing our crossing in flat seas over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll to jump in at Eagle Ray Pass for the afternoon…where we saw more Eagle Rays. Other sightings for the day between the two sites were a pair of free swimming green morays, schools of mahogany snappers and grunts, Southern stingrays, Peacock flounder, pipefish, an octopus, lots of garden eels, razorfish, and yellow headed jawfish. We also saw some Sargassum triggerfish, and lots of Angelfish, parrotfish, damselfish, snappers, groupers, barracuda, and wrasses.
Monday Jan 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Long Caye Wall
Today we jumped into clear waters and went diving into a garden of soft corals and beautiful sponges. There colours were brilliant with the bright sunlight, and the fish darting around just added to the kaleidoscope of colour. We found a lot of macro stuff…flamingo tongues, slender filefish, neck crabs, and a golden tail eel. We were also surrounded by schooling horse-eye jacks.
Tuesday Jan 3, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Ridge
This morning we went to check out massive stalactite formations formed tens of thousands of years ago in a cave that is now the world famous Blue Hole. Some of these stalactites are 40ft long and 6ft wide. At the safety stop we saw some headshield slugs, conch, and pike blennies in the sand.
After the Blue Hole, we went to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument for a little island excursion. As we pulled into the bay to tie up to the mooring, we saw a loggerhead turtle…he hung around the boat for the remainder of the morning.
Later we went to Long Caye Ridge, where we saw a lobster hanging out in a sponge, an octopus, scorpionfish, a hawksbill turtle, spotted drums, and a gang of barracuda.
Wednesday Jan 4, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Silver Caves
We had a spectacular dive day today at Half Moon Caye Wall and Silver Caves. The weather was beautiful and the water was clear. We found some Southern stingrays grazing the sand for food, saw 2 Caribbean reef sharks cruising the wall, a huge Eagle ray popped up over the wall and glided over the sandy area, and saw lots of garden eels and razor fish. We also found 2 juvenile spotted drums and a seahorse.
Thursday Jan 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Johnny’s Wrench
Our final dive day was split between Chain Wall on Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Johnny’s Wrench on Turneffe Atoll. The sharks were in abundance as they kept coming around to check out the divers throughout the dives. There was also dozens of Porgies out today…not sure if it is mating season. We saw 2 eagle rays off the wall, a lobster crawling along the wall, more juvenile drums, and the rare white spotted toadfish.
Friday Jan 6, 2017
Dive Sites: Grand Bogue & Sayonara
Our week finished off at Turneffe Atoll with an early dive at Grand Bogue, then a drift dive at Sayonara. The week ended with superb visibility and sightings of Eagle rays, morays, schools of Atlantic spadefish, Creole wrasse, grunts, mahogany snappers, bar jacks, horse-eye jacks, rainbow parrotfish, and lots of chromis. We also found scorpionfish and another white spotted toadfish.
Congrats to Matt & Lindsey, and our father and son team, Paul & Brendan on becoming the newest IRON DIVERS on the Belize Aggressor III.
Thank you all for a great week! Best wishes for the New Year!
Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!