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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
May 13-20, 2017
Sea State: flat to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 83F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft+
Steward – Randy
Instructors – Daniel, Jerome
Engineer – Fermin
Deck Asst. – Jason
Saturday May 13, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Dinner is served!
Welcome Aboard Ann, Michel, Liza, Jasper, Liz, John, Jill, Alan, Richard, Jim, Scott, Phil, Allison, Al, Daniel, Nancy, and David.
Sunday May 14, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Cathedral
The week started off with a first day of great weather and great diving. We did our check out dives at Black Beauty, on the Southern tip of Turneffe Atoll, before motoring over to Lighthouse Reef to finish our day off at Cathedral. Today we had some fantastic dives and saw a lot of cool stuff, including Eagle rays, a resting nurse shark, scorpionfish, a very large Caribbean Reef shark, green and spotted morays, tarpon, schools of jacks, stingrays, a pesky remora, soapfish, skeleton shrimp, wire coral shrimp, lobsters out on the reef, turtles, octopus, squid, and several slender filefish.
Monday May 15, 2017
Dive Sites: Painted Wall and Eagle Ray Pass
Monday morning, we woke up to a beautiful, sunny day, and flat calm seas. Our first stop was Painted Wall for the morning dives, then to Eagle Ray Pass. It was a beautiful day, with phenomenal viz, which made it easy for us to see all the Eagle Rays…at least 6 total. We also saw a Whiptail stingray, green morays, a small hawksbill, lots of colourful reef fish swimming around, loggerhead w/ several remora attached, 2 scorpionfish, juvenile spotted drums, tarpon, cowfish, porcupinefish, and several slender filefish.
Tuesday May 16, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
It was another beautiful day to head up to the Great Blue Hole for our first dive of the day, and then to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument for our island excursion. After the excursion several of the guests, and crew, jumped into the warm waters and swam a bit before grabbing some lunch.
On the afternoon dives, we got up close and personal with Caribbean Reef sharks and friendly groupers. We saw lots of stingrays on the sandy bottom, along with razorfish and garden eels. We found some Peacock flounder and watched goatfish, Angelfish, blue parrotfish, and hogfish graze the grass beds. There were also some headshield slugs moving along the in the sand. On the coral reef, we found arrow crabs in sponges, big barracuda, tarpon, schools of creole wrasse and blue chromis, eagle rays, and several slender filefish.
Wednesday May 17, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Silver Caves
Today we had an exciting day of diving with Caribbean Reef sharks buzzing around, and friendly grouper checking out the divers. On the wall, we saw some neck crabs and lobsters, then off in the distance an Eagle Ray dived down into the deep. There was a very large spotted moray peeking up at us from his hole, and a scorpionfish hiding in plain sight. Other things we saw were flamingo tongue, squid, midnight parrotfish, batwing crab, skeleton shrimp, and several slender filefish.
Thursday May 18, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall, Long Caye Wall, & Long Caye Ridge
Today we knocked out 3 dive sites. There was plenty to see, including 2 scorpionfish, southern stingrays, blue parrotfish, sharks, rays, skeleton shrimp, neck crabs, juvenile trunk fish, spotted drums, and lettuce sea slugs. We also found a tiny yellow slug with a red spot. Sometimes words are not enough to describe the amazing dives and feeling you get when surrounded by a plethora of fish including tarpon, Creole wrasse, sergeant majors, horse eye jacks, bar jacks, blue chromis, black durgeon, yellow tail snappers, school of blue tangs with trumpet fish hunting…there were lots of trumpetfish. And several slender filefish.
Friday May 19, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge & Sayonara
Our final dives of the day were sad, but not disappointing. There were sightings of turtles, Eagle rays, morays, schools of jacks, schools of snappers, and schools of Creole wrasse. We spotted a scorpionfish on the reef, squid, 2 spotted drums, and of course, as we had been seeing all week, several slender filefish. As we headed back to port and saw dolphins jumping and swimming alongside the vessel.
This was a great week with some great people, and now, new friends. We look forward to our next diving adventure with you.
Congrats to our Iron Divers…Ann, Jasper, John, and Liz
Hope to see you all again soon!EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!