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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 22-29, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 90oF
Avg. Water Temp: 82oF
Avg. Visibility: 70ft+
Capt - Chris
2nd Captain - Jerome
Chef - Yanis
Steward – Randy
Engineer – Fermin
Dive master - Monique
Deck Asst. – Jadiel
Saturday July 22, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Food time!
Another week on the Belize Aggressor III started by welcoming aboard a mix group of South Africans, Canadians and Americans.
We welcomed aboard Peter, Michelle, Douglas, Steven, Victoria, Clark, Rebecca, Michael, Daniel, Esme, Lewis, Barbara, Heath, Emily, Dale, Rene, Verlia and David.
Sunday July 23, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope and Julie’s Jungle
To start off the week on a good note, our first dive site was Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. Usually an easy-going sloping reef, just perfect for a relaxed dive. The slope delighted our guests with jaw fish, scorpion fish, Garden eels, pipe fish and also sting rays.
While having lunch, we headed over to the magnificent Lighthouse Reef Atoll for a little adventure in Julie’s Jungle for an afternoon and night dive. Blue striped grunts, squids, Peterson shrimp, lobsters, channel clinging crab, banded coral Shrimp and common octopus all showed up through both dives.
Monday July 24, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge and Long Caye Wall
After a great first day of dives, guests were eager to continue exploring the sea life of Lighthouse Reef Atoll on our early Monday morning dive. Long Caye Ridge was good to us that day and allowed us to spot creatures and fish such as sea slug, reef shark , spotted eagle ray, Peterson Shrimp and schools of horse eyed Jack. The afternoon and night dive at Long Caye Wall showed us a Reef shark, Spotted Eagle rays reef squids, Scorpion fish, Lettuce sea slugs longhorn nudibranch, very active tarpons and even an eel having a personal play moment with a turtle. After all the excitement of the day, we winded down by heading to our night mooring for a peaceful night.
Tuesday July 25, 2017
Dive Sites: Bluehole, Cathedral & Julie’s Jungle
With a beautiful sunny morning, we decided to start the day with the island tour of the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. The park warden transported our guests to the island where they explored the sandy beaches of this beautiful natural beauty. A stop here is never completed without a walk to the observation deck that gives a superb aerial view of the frigate birds and juveniles Red footed boobies atop of the brightly coloured orange flowered Ziricote trees. Then, we were off toward the Belize Bluehole while the guests were delighted with the different blues of our reef.
The Blue hole dive was great, enjoying the drop in temperature of the water as we descended and diving through the stalactite formations. We spotted free swimming nurse shark, French angel fish, and Queen conch.
After lunch and some relaxed time, we headed for the Cathedral dive site. There, we spotted some banded coral shrimp, Schools of silvers sides and tarpon feeding on it, nurse shark, lobsters, queen and grey angelfish, and reef Shark. We swam amongst a school of silversides and tarpon, and found several lettuce sea slugs on the reef.
For the night dive, we slid back down to Julies Jungle for some more fun and the divers were treated to sightings of octopus, lobsters, squids and baskets stars.
Wednesday July 26, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall and Silver Caves
The day started looking very over cast, but thankfully it turned out to be another beautiful day in paradise. With winds dropping and indications that it would continue dropping, we headed over to Half Moon Caye Wall for the morning dives. The divers were welcomed by a friendly and curious Nassau grouper that escorted them throughout the dip. Right off of the wall, we had a couple reef shark swimming up and down the wall, even offering their looks for a photo opportunity! Some eagle rays buzzed in to our guests just before putting on a dance show as one tried to scare away some annoying remoras. The top of the wall was just as exciting with hog fish and a turtle feeding, gray angels pairing up, and sting rays stirring up the sandy bottom. To end it off, we were visited by a pod of dolphins on the surface and underwater.
For the afternoon, we headed down to Silver Caves looking for more action and were welcomed by a sleeping nurse shark, a couple of free swimming eels, a small school of smooth trunk fish and couple of neck crabs.
During the night dive, the divers were pretty eager to explore all the cracks and crevices of Silver Caves. It was nice to see a shoal of squids, free-swimming spotted eel, octopus, lobsters, crabs and lettuce sea slug.
Thursday July 27, 2017
Dive Sites: Light House Wall & Chain Wall
We started out the morning with a very nice flat sea that was ideal to lurk around the Half Moon area. The first dive at Lighthouse Wall was once again filled with an adrenalin rush as we had reef shark cruising up and down the reef, an attention-seeking grouper, creole wrasse actively swimming, and a garden eel peeking as we cruised over the sand bed.
We moved over to chain wall for the afternoon dive, and were for sure satisfied as a reef shark ensured to make its presence be known by swimming between, around, and everywhere possible to ensure that its photo or video could be taken. An eagle ray and southern stingrays stopped in to say hi while a channel clinging crab sat tucked in offering that perfect video and photo moment. As the dive came to an end and the divers were boarding back, a few dolphins cruised by as if they were the farewell committee for the Chain Wall dive site to close off a great time underwater.
Friday July 28, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge & Black Beauty
As if the fun never stops while diving the beautiful sites of Lighthouse Reef Atoll, the early morning dip gave us a view of a small school of horse eyed jacks, reef shark bustling through divers again, a decorator crab, a slender file fish, and spotted moray eel. It was a great ending to our time in this beautiful reef before heading back to Turneffe Atoll.
Back at Turneffe Atoll, we went straight for the dive site called Black Beauty. There, we were escorted by a friendly hawksbill turtle for the entire dive. We spotted toadfish, yellow-head jawfish, cuberas and mutton snappers.
This week turned out to be a great time with warm friendly guests whom we bid a friendly goodbye to but not before extending an invitation to visit again and enjoy a week aboard the Belize Aggressor III and its friendly crew.
Congrats to Lew and Barbara on becoming our newest SSI Nitrox divers!
Congrats to Rene and Dale for reaching a milestone 100 dives, and to Victoria for reaching a milestone 600 dives this trip.
Congrats to our IRON DIVERS – Danie, Esme, Dale, Rene, Peter, Michelle, and Victoria.
Thank you for a great week! See you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, and DIVE!