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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 1-8, 2017
Sea State: calm to choppy
Avg. Wind Speed: 12-18knots
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft+
2nd Capt. - Jerome
Stewardess – Vanessa
Engineer/DM - Fermin
Instructor – Daniel
Deck Asst. – Jadiel
This week we welcomed 16 passengers, including our old friends Audrey, Dana, Frank, & Stan who have visited us in Belize at least 8 times! Our other guests became new friends!
Welcome Aboard Laura, Tim, Oliver, Travis, Ralph, Agnes, Hilary, Katie, Kate, Andy, Nash, Brad, Stan, Dana, Frank, and Audrey!
Saturday July 1st, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:30PM – Dinner is served!
Sunday July 2nd, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
On our first dive, we saw 3 Eagle Rays in formation together…what a way to start the week! We also saw yellow stingrays, Southern stingrays, green morays, spotted morays, yellow head jawfish, garden eels, razorfish, lobsters, schools of mahogany snappers, grunts, and Creole wrasse. We also saw several more Eagle rays later on in the day.
Monday July 3rd, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Cathedral
We had some amazing dives today! A pair of Caribbean reef sharks spent almost an entire dive just hanging around! We came across a large green moray hanging out behind a barrel sponge, saw a hawksbill swimming along the reef, spotted some more spotted Eagle rays, and found some cool critters. There was a juvenile spotted drum swimming about in a little nook, we saw some neck crabs hiding in the soft coral, and found a lined sole in the sand. At the end of the dive we saw a small nurse shark swimming around the reef, then circled just below the divers before settling on the bottom to take a rest.
Tuesday July 4th, 2017
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Nurse Shark Ridge
HAPPY 4th of JULY! The action continued with more Eagle ray sightings off the wall. We also saw a blacktip reef shark down below, and a green moray was out swimming along the top of the reef. The colours of the reef were astounding! Also with the abundance of reef fish swimming around, it felt like we were diving inside an aquarium. The night dive was nothing short of spectacular. We saw 3 different octopi, 2 small shy ones, and a larger one that couldn’t care less that we were there. While taking pictures of 2 tiny grass squid, a school of arrow squid swarmed around. We also found a juvenile flamingo tongue and over 2 dozen nudibranch/slugs of 5 different species including lettuce sea slugs, tufted nudibranch, white speckled nudibranch, baba’s sea hare, and a tiny yellow slug with a red spot that we cannot identify. The sponge life at Nurse shark ridge is amazing. There are some beautiful and massive barrel sponges and yellow tube sponges.
Wednesday July 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Silver Caves
We could have stopped diving after the first dive and had a great dive day…we had some amazing encounters with Caribbean Reef sharks, there were 4 in total. As that was happening, 2 Eagle rays showed up, and a turtle swam to the surface off in the distance. There were also several friendly Nassau groupers, some black groupers, tiger groupers, and yellow fin groupers. A giant barracuda lingered mid water and just watched the group of divers. In the sand, we saw 8 Southern stingrays, hundreds of garden eels and razorfish, and several peacock flounder. There were also some tiny shrimp and crabs in the grass beds. As the day went on, we saw more Reef sharks, green morays, hawksbill turtles, and even found a torpedo ray!
Thursday July 6, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Chain Wall
Before diving today, we set out to do an island excursion on Half Moon Caye Natural monument, a world heritage site, and home of a colony of over 4000 red foot booby birds and magnificent frigate birds. Along the trail, there were lots of hermit crabs and some iguana sightings.
Next, we motored to the world famous Great Blue Hole, another world heritage site and natural monument of Belize. We did one dive here to see the stalactite formations down below.
For the afternoon dives, we went to Chain Wall on the Southwestern side of Half Moon Caye. On this site, we saw everything! Another day of shark action with visits from Caribbean reef sharks. We also saw Eagle rays, turtles, Southern stingrays, a whiptail stingray, lots of groupers, and a huge barracuda. There were also 2 huge channel clinging crabs, several neck crabs, a white nose pipefish, and peacock flounders.
Friday July 7, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Wall
We finished off the week’s diving at Long Caye Wall, before heading back to port. We did one pre-breakfast dive at 6am, then the other at 8:30am, right after breakfast. It was a great way to wake up and also a great way to finish off the week. On the dives today, we saw more Caribbean reef sharks, lots of beautiful and colourful reef fish, green and spotted morays, and a hawksbill turtle. On the way in to port, we were entertained by a pod of spinner dolphins.
Congrats to our Iron Divers…Nash, Laura, Tim, and Andy!
Congrats to Laura, Travis, Oliver, Tim, Kate, and Andy on becoming Nitrox certified!
Congrats to Nash on hitting a milestone 400th dive!
Hope to see you all again soon!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!