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Belize Aggressor III - Captains Log- 25th March -1st April, 2017
Wind: Light Easterly
Water Temp: 86 Fahrenheit
Dive master: Jayvond
18 Guests: Heiko & Ginger, Mike & Karmen, Art, Andy, Ellery, Leo, Dirk, Amanda, Bob, Gene, Tom, Scott, Mia & Richard
Sunday – Julies Jungle & Long Caye Ridge
Monday- Lighthouse Wall & Painted Wall
Tuesday- Silver Caves
Wednesday – Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
Thursday- Cathedral & Half Moon Caye Wall
Friday- Sandy Slope
Saturday March 25th
All guests boarded in the afternoon. Refreshments on arrival, passenger safety briefing and dinner served onboard. Late evening departure. Travel overnight to Lighthouse Reef.
Sunday March 26th
Travel over the previous night to Julies Jungle dive site on Long Caye for two check dives. All the divers were happy with their equipment. Divers found an Eagle Ray, many moray eels and numerous barracuda at this wall dive site. After lunch a short journey to Long Caye Ridge for two afternoon dives and a night dive. Divers found flamingo tongue cowries, swimming crinoids plus a juvenile spotted drum. Congratulations to Ellery on completing his 800th dive today.
Monday March 26th
After spending the night within Lighthouse Reef Lagoon. The Aggressor headed to Lighthouse Wall Dive site, situated south- east of Half Moon Caye. During the two morning dives, guests found Caribbean reef sharks, a nurse shark, large midnight parrotfish plus friendly groupers greeted the divers. During lunch, the Aggressor moved to the northwest of Long Caye. At Painted Wall dive site, there were two afternoon dives and the divers found a nurse shark and large schools of big-eyed jacks, barracuda and Bermuda Chubb. A night dive was completed at the same site. The night dive was colorful with squid, octopus, both spiny and slipper lobsters crinoids, basket stars and neck crabs. After the night dive, the Aggressor headed to its night mooring.
Wednesday March 27th.
All guests boarded water taxis for an extended island tour of Half Moon Caye with its bird sanctuary. Red breasted Boobie birds and frigate birds nesting. Guests enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared onboard and brought out to guests on the island. After the guests had returned onboard, the Aggressor headed back towards the north of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive at the Silver Caves dive site.
Wednesday March 28th
Another night spent at the night mooring within the Lighthouse reef lagoon. After breakfast and with North East breezes, the Belize Aggressor meandered northwards through the reef breaks and arrived at The Great Blue Hole dive site. One group dive was completed at this site, where the divers enjoyed viewing the stalactites, which dropped from the edge of the caverns.
After the dive, The Aggressor retraced its path southwards and towards the east of Long Caye. Two afternoon dives plus a night dive at Long Caye Wall dive site. An excellent wall dive with Eagle Rays, schooling Chubb, Wrasse, free-swimming moray eels, Caribbean reef shark and southern stingrays. The night divers located basket stars, squid, and Octopus plus moray eels. The Aggressor stayed at the dive site overnight.
Thursday March 29th
Belize Aggressor headed to the nearby dive site of Cathedral. Two morning dives at this site. Divers saw nurse sharks, flamingo tongue cowries and 3 large loggerhead turtles. After lunch, the Aggressor headed to Half Moon Caye Wall for two afternoon dives. Divers found friendly groupers, eagle rays, numerous stingrays and a nurse shark as well as loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. The night dive was also completed at the same site. Many squid, huge crabs, spiny and slipper lobsters and a toadfish were found. After the night dive and with calm seas, the Aggressor headed west towards Turneffe Island. The evening’s entertainment included the showing of the weekly video, filmed by Instructor Daniel.
Friday March 30th
After waking up at Sandy Slope dive site. Dives included an early morning dusk dive plus the final dive of the charter week, which brought much aquatic life. Moray eels, burr fish, thousands of puffer fish and a nurse shark.
After Friday’s morning dives, Aggressor III headed back to port. The evening barbecue, wine and snacks preceded the evening’s entertainment of a photography slideshow of all the guests. Following that show reel of great underwater photos collated throughout the week was an Award presentation to the following divers.
Milestone 800 Dives- Ellery
Iron Diver Awards- Mike, Art, Ellery, Leo, Amanda, Bob, Scott,
Saturday 11th February
At 8:00AM on Saturday, the crew said their farewells to the guests departing the Belize Aggressor III.
Captain Matt Rutledge