BAIII Captains Log
Feb 25 - Mar 4, 2017
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Air Temp: 81F
Avg. Water Temp: 81F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft
Steward – Randy
Engineer – Ken
Instructors – Jerome, Daniel
Deck Assts: Jason
Saturday Feb 25, 2017
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard Sari, Ruby, Amie, Eric, Erica, John, Randy, Pete, Jeff, Tonia, Art, Bill, Alex, Ron, Sherri, Christoph, Mike, and Kathy.
5:30pm Safety briefing
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Feb 26, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Long Caye Ridge
This week we saw a bunch of eels, starting with 3 free-swimming morays at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. We also saw an Eagle Ray cruise by, then at the end of the dive, we saw 2 more. There were also schooling snappers, grunts, jacks, chromis, and Creole wrasse.
Monday Feb 27, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Julie’s Jungle
Today we saw a huge octopus out in the open on the sand. We watched it for about 15 minutes as it hunted. Later in the dive, we found a juvenile octopus hiding out in a conch shell. We also saw several Caribbean reef sharks, a pair of Eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, Southern stingrays, and of course, free swimming green morays. There was also an abundance of Nassau and black groupers on the wall.
Tuesday Feb 28, 2017
Dive Site: Long Caye Wall & Silver Caves
We had some awesome dives today! Not only were the dives great, but a huge pod of spinner dolphins surrounded the boat as we were motoring. On the dives we saw green and spotted morays, a nurse shark, a Caribbean reef shark, lots of neck crabs and flamingo tongues, hawksbill turtle, skeleton shrimp, squid, octopus, tons of lobsters, dozens of lettuce sea slugs, a sea hare, and white speckled nudibranch.
Wednesday Mar 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Site X
For our first dive of the day, we dropped down to the depths below, where we swam among massive stalactite formations inside the Great Blue Hole. While underway from the Blue Hole to our next site, we saw 2 loggerheads on the surface.
At Site X, we watched a huge green moray eel out and about, saw several Southern stingrays, and found 2 huge nurse sharks all cuddled up and tucked away below a coral head. We also saw lots of jawfish and garden eels. A big scorpionfish was hiding in plain site on the top of the reef.
Thursday Mar 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
We had some amazing dives today at Long Caye Ridge and Painted Wall. There were several Eagle Ray sightings, several green moray sightings, dozens of barracuda, a Caribbean reef shark, and a massive loggerhead strolled through. There were also loads of reef fish hustling and bustling about…sergeant majors, butterfly fish, parrot fish, black durgeons, angelfish, triggerfish, damselfish, basslets, groupers, snappers, and creole wrasse, to name a few.
Friday Mar 3, 2017
Dive Site: Sandy Slope
We were greeted by a pod of dolphins as we hopped in for our first dive! The excitement continued with sightings of green morays, Southern Stingrays, yellow stingrays, spotted Eagle ray, scorpionfish, groupers, barracuda, and lots of other reef fish.
Congrats to Sari for completing her Open Water dives, and then getting Nitrox certified!
Congrats to Bill on hitting his milestone 700th dive this week! I hope you liked the cake.
Congrats to our newest Iron Divers: Tonia, Ron, Sherri, Christophe, Eric, Erica, Art, Alex, and Bill
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!