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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
June 3-10, 2017
Sea State: calm to choppy
Avg. Wind Speed: 8knots
Avg. Air Temp: 91F
Avg. Water Temp: 83F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors – Ken, Monique
Engineer – Fermin
Deck Asst. – Jadiel
Saturday June 3, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Dinner is served!
This week the weather and diving were AWESOME! We had a lot of Aggressor Veterans, and several people who had visited us on the BAIII numerous times in the past! Welcome Back Gray, Niki, Alan, Joe, David, Jennifer, Audrey, & Craig…you are becoming regulars on board. We would like to also Welcome Aboard Debbie, Maureen, Jim, Sophia, Liz, Eric, Lee, Chip, Bob, & Barrett.
Sunday June 4, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
We started out our week with some amazing dives at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. We did both morning dives there, then motored over to Lighthouse House reef to finish the day diving at Julie’s Jungle. Our sightings today included lots of groupers, schools of Creole wrasse, bar jacks, schoolmasters, mahogany snappers and grunts, several barracuda, green morays, spotted morays, 2 scorpionfish, a squadron of tarpon, nurse shark, and octopus. Also, when we were hanging out on the sandy bottom, we could see garden eels everywhere! There were also lots of razorfish, jawfish, a yellow stingray, several peacock flounder, and a couple of pipefish.
Monday June 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Long Caye Wall
Monday, we had some beautiful dives with some unforgettable marine life encounters. Four Eagle rays danced below us while we watched as we were diving along the wall. We were visited by a friendly hawksbill turtle and several Caribbean Reef sharks. As we were hanging out below the vessel, there were lots of fish swimming around, giving us a great display of the variety of different reef fish that live on the reef. The colourful coral stood out in the bright sunlight, and we found lettuce sea slugs, green morays, neck crabs, adult spotted drum, and too many lobsters to count.
Tuesday June 6, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Ridge
Today we saw a Hammerhead in the Blue Hole! Everyone that saw it were too excited for words…those that missed it were saying some words that we shall not write down in this log. In addition to the hammerhead, they also saw some reef sharks, and groupers, and there was an Eagle ray at entrance of the Blue Hole as we motored in for our dive. Next we went to Long Caye Ridge, where we saw lots of drums and barracuda. We saw at least 6 spotted drums on one dive, and stopped counting the barracuda after we saw a school of 24. We also found some other critters… juvenile neck crab, flounder, big lobster on reef, scorpionfish, and several morays.
Wednesday June 7, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Cathedral
We woke up to beautiful calm weather and headed to the South side of Half Moon Caye to dive at Lighthouse Wall for the morning and then to Cathedral over at Long Caye Wall for the afternoon. Today’s sightings included Southern stingrays, pair of pipehorses, juvenile flounder, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead turtle, 3 Caribbean Reef sharks, lettuce sea slug, and a tiny yellow slug, to name a few. Also, our divers had fun playing around in swim-thru’s.
Thursday June 8, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today we had an exciting day of diving, encountering lots of Caribbean reef sharks, friendly groupers, southern stingrays, more sharks, roughtail stingray, eagle rays, and hawksbill turtles. We also found a flounder, sailfin blennies, blue parrotfish, goatfish, razorfish, and garden eels.
Friday June 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Grand Bogue & The Elbow
We did our final two dives of the week over on Turneffe Atoll at Grand Bogue and then at the world- famous Elbow. Our last two dives were beautiful, with unlimited visibility and countless fish. There were schools of jacks, Atlantic spadefish, parrotfish, Creole wrasse, Sergeant majors, and blue chromis. We also saw turtles, Eagle rays, and morays. One of the highlights of the dive was the white spotted toadfish, which has only been reported on Turneffe Atoll.
Congrats to our Iron Divers…David, Alan, Lee, Barrett, Liz, and Eric
Congrats to Sofia, Eric, and Liz on becoming Nitrox certified
Congrats to Barrett on getting his 400th dive
Congrats to Audrey on getting her 700th dive
Happy Birthday to Gray! Thank you for coming to celebrate with us on the Belize Aggressor III
Hope to see you all again soon!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!