Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
September 23-30, 2017
Sea State: Flat to choppy
Air Temp: 89F
Water Temp: 83F
Visibility: 80- 100Ft
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructor – Daniel
Divemasters – Monique & Conway
This week’s guests came from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Welcome Aboard Francois, Pia, Jim, Dianne, Liz, Werner, Monika, David, Rosemary, Carla, Peter, Robyn, Dan, Rich, Kim, and Katie.
Sunday Sept 24, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Amberhead North
We started the week off on the West side of Turneffe Atoll. After doing our weight and equipment checks, we ventured off into the beautiful waters of Belize to go exploring the dive site. Today we spotted everything with spots…spotted morays, spotted drums, spotted Eagle Rays, and spotted toadfish. We also saw several green morays, Pederson cleaning shrimp, yellow head jawfish, garden eels, razorfish, and peacock flounders. We also saw lots of schooling fish such as Creole wrasse, mahogany snappers, grunts, sergeant majors, and jacks. There were also some cool critters like lettuce sea slugs, a tiny yellow slug with a red spot, and a tiny orange slug.
Monday Sept 25, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
Monday morning, we woke up at Lighthouse Reef after doing our crossing from Turneffe during the night. We had some amazing dives today with cool shark and ray sightings. We saw several Caribbean Reef sharks, spotted Eagle Rays, and Southern stingrays. There were plenty of Nassau and yellow fin groupers, and several barracuda swam by to check us out. In the sand and grass we found shrimps, razorfish, garden eels, crabs, and head shield slugs.
Tuesday September 26, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Today at the Great Blue Hole, we had a treat when we spotted a Great hammerhead swimming along the edge of the dropoff…AMAZING!!! Though the blue hole itself is always a highlight, today it was extra special. Next, we went over to Half Moon Caye for our island excursion and went to check out the nesting grounds for the red footed booby birds and magnificent frigate birds. We also saw some hermit crabs, iguanas, and other lizards.
We finished of the day diving at Silver Caves, where were saw a hawksbill turtle, green and spotted morays, several neck crabs, and lots of blennies. There was also a lot of fish activity with dozens of trunkfish, black durgeons, Creole wrasse, sergeant majors, blue and brown chromis, and jacks. We were also playing around with some tarpon.
Wednesday September 27, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain wall & Painted Wall
We spent Wednesday diving Chain Wall and Painted Wall. The sharks and Eagle rays were not shy today…we had some awesome up close and personal encounters with 4 different Caribbean Reef sharks and saw some Eagle rays zigzagging around. There were also very curious and friendly barracuda and groupers. At the end of the dive we watched a Southern stingray feeding in the sand, and a nurse shark buzzing over the reef.
Thursday September 28, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral & Front Porch
Today, during our surface interval at Cathedral, we were visited by 2 separate pods of dolphins. Several of our passengers jumped in and checked off “snorkeling with dolphins” from their bucket lists. On the dive, we found a huge free swimming green moray, several large black groupers, barracudas, and Creole wrasse while diving along the wall. In the shallows we found some skeleton shrimp, neck crabs, and tiny nudibranchs.
At lunch we motored back to Turneffe to finish off the day at Front Porch, where we saw some spotted Eagle Rays, spotted toadfish, and several green morays.
Friday September 29, 2017
Dive Site: Amberhead South
The final day of diving was great finish to a great week of diving. We hopped in at 6:30am and then again at 9:00am before heading back to the dock. On our final dives, we saw white spotted toadfish, moray eels, flounder, jacks, groupers, barracudas, and tons of reef fish all around.
Congrats to Liz on reaching her 100th dive this week.
Congrats to Dianne, Jim, Peter, Carla, and Katie on becoming Nitrox divers.
Congrats to Rich on completing his Advanced Open Water course.
Congrats to our IRON DIVERS this week: Robyn, Dianne, Kim, Peter, Monika, Werner, and Rosemary.
Congrats to Peter and Carla on their 5th Wedding Anniversary! Thank you for coming to celebrate with us.
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!