Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 29 – Aug 5, 2017
Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Wind Speed: 10-20 knots
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructor – Daniel
Divemaster – Victoria
Deck Asst. – Jason & Jadiel
Saturday July 29, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board (Christine, Kurt, Eva, Katherine, Alan, Paul, Peg, Dottie, Chuck, JP, John, Julie, and Jean)
5:00PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Dinner is served!
Sunday July 30, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Long Caye Ridge
We started the week with great weather and very comfortable diving conditions. Our check-out dives went smoothly and everyone was eager to check out the dive site. We saw several large black groupers and Nassau groupers, lots of barracuda, schools of Creole wrasse, mahogany snappers, Sargassum triggerfish, lobsters, and a pair of green morays. In the sand we found flounder, pipefish, razorfish, garden eels, and jawfish.
Monday July 31, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Long Caye Wall
As soon as we jumped in, we saw everything right under the boat…Caribbean reef sharks, Southern stingrays, hawksbill turtles, lots of Nassau & Yellowfin groupers, and Eagle Rays. On the afternoon dives, we cruised along the wall and spotted several neck crabs, flamingo tongues, arrow blennies, and slender filefish. A school of Creole wrasse swam right over us. On the top of the reef, we found lettuce sea slugs, spiny head blennies, and a scorpionfish. A nurse shark swam right up to us and then carried on along the reef, as tarpon and jacks just hovered below the boat.
Tuesday Aug 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Nurse Shark Ridge
This morning we did a little island excursion on Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. This is the nesting grounds for a colony of 4000 red footed booby birds and magnificent frigate birds. It is also nesting grounds for Loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles. Some of our guests actually helped the park rangers clear the and set up the nesting grounds so it is safe for when the turtles come to lay their eggs. Our first dive of the day was at Belize’s most renowned dive site…the Great Blue Hole! We descended to depths of 130ft/40m to see massive stalactites that formed when this dive site was a huge cave that stood high above the water.
The rest of the day was spent diving at Nurse Shark Ridge on the Southwest side of Long Caye. We had some amazing dives and saw some pretty cool stuff, including Caribbean reef sharks, tarpon, a sleeping loggerhead turtle, green morays, scorpionfish, lettuce sea slugs, and flamingo tongues. This site is also home to many species of beautiful reef fish and has some of the most unique and beautiful sponge life. Another cool thing we saw were 5 octopi entangled with each other…they were either fighting or mating.
Wednesday Aug 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Julie’s Jungle
Wednesday’s dives were at Silver Caves and Julie’s Jungle, on the West side of Long Caye. Almost immediately we saw Caribbean Reef sharks, Eagle Rays, and a hawksbill turtle. We also saw a green moray half way out of its hole. There is an abundance of fish and beautiful coral and sponges on this site, and we just took it all in…then we went into the swim throughs. Later we found several nudibranch, a gigantic whiptail stingray, a southern stingray, lots of squid, a couple octopi, neck crabs, and a flabby sole (formerly called zebra sole). We also watched a hawksbill turtle eating sponges. Awesome dives today!
Thursday Aug 3, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today was busy with action on some amazing dives. We saw Caribbean Reef sharks on every dive. Two male sharks were trying to mate with a female shark, and she was having none of it. She came right up to the group of divers as if trying to hide from her male suitors. Sharks showed up throughout the dives. We were also swimming through a school of silversides, tarpon, and bar jacks. Suddenly 3 Eagle rays swam right over the crowd of divers, sharks, silversides, tarpon, and jacks, to join the action. We also saw scorpionfish, a resting hawksbill turtle, neck crabs, lettuce sea slugs, squat lobsters, and lots of beautiful reef fish swimming around the reef. In the sandy areas, we found Southern stingrays, a massive barracuda, several flounder, pipefish, and flapping dingbats. At the end of the dive we came across a juvenile trunkfish…that is the second one this week!
Friday Aug 4, 2017
Dive Site: Chain Wall & Sayonara
Our first dive on Friday is an early one…6AM. We jumped in at Chain wall and woke up to more shark and Eagle ray action. There were also several very friendly groupers following us on the dive. Fish were hustling and bustling as they started their day. Next, we motored to Turneffe Atoll for our final dive of the week at Sayonara, before heading back to the dock. On this dive, we saw lots of lobsters, a scorpionfish, schools of Creole wrasse, a hawksbill turtle, schools of snappers, grunts, and jacks. We finished the week off with moray and Eagel ray sightings.
It was a great charter with a fun bunch. Looking forward to diving again with our new friends.
Congrats to our Iron Divers…
Congrats to Christine on becoming our newest Nitrox diver!
Hope to see you all again soon!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!