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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
September 30 – October 10, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 90oF
Avg. Water Temp: 81oF
Avg. Visibility: 50ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Engineer - Fermin
Stewardess – Vanessa
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Dive Master- Monique
Saturday September 30, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
We are always delighted to be a part of a duo composed by a mother and daughter, and this week, we welcomed Julie and Tammy, Sharon, Nora, Gina, Debbie, Bob, Barbara, Hubert, Mike, Kenny, Lionel, David, Andrea, Fred, Andrea, Phil.
Sunday October 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Amber Head South
Our first two dive sites at Turneffe were all about eels and spotted drums. We saw all types of morays, from big greens to small golden tails and everything in between. We also saw several spotted drums, both juveniles and adults. The night dive saw multiple octopus and squid, including one squid no bigger than the tip of your pinky!
Monday October 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Amber Head North & Eagle Ray Pass
We started the morning with another dive at Turneffe. Much like Sunday, we saw a plethora of moray eels, including a large free swimming green moray. A guest also spotted a scorpion fish. There was also a lot of macro life to be found, from neck crabs to squat anemone shrimp and flamingo tongues. After our dive we made the crossing to Lighthouse Atoll.
Our first site at Lighthouse was Eagle Ray Pass, and it lived up to its name. Guests saw an eagle ray, a nurse shark, a Caribbean reef shark and even a turtle. We stayed at Eagle Ray for the night dive which again brought several octopus and squid, along with the usual crabs and lobsters running about.
Tuesday October 3, 2017
Dive Site: Cathedral & Nurse Shark Ridge
The morning brought us to Cathedral, which was full of macro life. There were skeleton shrimp and lettuce leaf slugs and blennies galore. We also saw tarpon hanging out in a cavern, and a huge crab that unfortunately turned out to be quite camera shy.
The afternoon took us to Nurse Shark Ridge, where we had very friendly reef shark that hung around for quite a while, allowing the guests some great photo ops. There was also a nurse shark spotting, and the night dive saw more octopus, squid and two beautiful longhorn nudibranchs.
Wednesday October 4, 2017
Dive Site: Lighthouse Wall & Long Caye Wall
Our morning at Lighthouse brought a lot of sightings of big favourites – reef sharks, nurse sharks, a couple southern stingrays, an eagle ray, a turtle and a lot of very friendly grouper. We also found some pike blennies and screw worms among the sea grass.
We moved to Long Caye Wall in the afternoon, where everyone enjoyed the stunning sheer dropoff of the wall full of beautiful soft corals and fish life. There were multiple turtle spotting, including one turtle who happily acted as one guest’s dive buddy for about 15 minutes. The night dive was all about lobsters and crabs, with quite a few spotted lobsters leaving their hiding spots to come out and hunt. There was also a little baby octopus that stayed hidden in a ledge, but kept his eyes on the lookout to make sure us divers weren’t causing any trouble.
Thursday October 5, 2017
Dive Site: Tarpon Caves, Julie’s Jungle & Half Moon Caye Wall
Tarpon Caves certainly started the morning off right. Our guests enjoyed not only a couple of reef sharks, but one that was happy to get up close and personal with the divers. She circled around a few times, allowing for some great videos and photos. The second dive was jam packed with another reef shark, a Nassau Grouper that got very upset when guests took pictures of other fish instead of him (and insisted on photo bombing any picture in the vicinity), and a huge puffer fish with those beautiful googly eyes. And just as we were all headed back to the boat for our safety stop, a massive loggerhead turtle decided to pay us a visit. This guy looked very old and wise, and had a couple of remora friends tagging along. It was a great way to end the two dives at Tarpon Caves!
From Tarpon Caves, we headed to Julie’s Jungle, which was a nice, relaxing dive, that included a turtle, a big southern stingray and a lettuce leaf slug. Half Moon Caye Wall brought another super close encounter with a reef shark. Some of the guests were close enough to have touched her (though didn’t, of course!). One of the caverns was filled with silversides, and we spotted another stingray, a flopping dingbat and a juvenile trunkfish.
The night dive brought some critters we hadn’t yet seen on this trip, at least not at night. There were two slipper lobsters out and about, an intermediate spotted drum, a beautiful scorpionfish, another longhorn nudibranch and crabs and shrimps in abundance.
Friday October 6, 2017
Due to Tropical Storm Nate, we had to return to Belize City and dock for the day. Guests enjoyed a relaxing day at the pool and catching up on sleep.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Dive Sites: The Elbow, Black Beauty & Long Caye Wall
Once NEMO gave us the all clear we headed back out for more diving. Our first site of the day was the Elbow, and the guests were beyond excited to get back in the water. The word of the day today was toadfish, as at least three were spotted on the first dive, then three more on the second dive. We saw a huge goliath grouper at the Elbow hanging out on the wall. There were also spotted drums, a southern stingray, and a lettuce leaf slug. The late evening dive at Black Beauty was one fantastic sighting after another. It started with more toadfish, then we saw a turtle just sitting around in a sand patch waiting for his picture to be taken. From there, we saw not one but two tiny juvenile trunkfish – about the size of a pea. There was also a beautiful scorpion fish in a great spot for guests to get some nice photos.
During dinner we transited back to Lighthouse and did our night dive at Long Caye Wall. Some of the guests said this was the best night dive yet as there were a lot of critters to be found. There were more toadfish (this time large eyed instead of the white spotted we had been seeing at Turneffe), a large spotted drum, an octopus, a squid, longhorn nudibranchs and a free swimming spotted moray.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Chain Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
We started the day with our signature dive – the Blue Hole. As we were descending we saw three small reef sharks circling around the top of the hole. We dropped down to about 130 feet, where guests enjoyed seeing the stalactites and swimming through the caverns. The second and third dives of the day were at Chain Wall, where we encountered more very curious reef sharks and friendly groupers. There were also spotted drums, a spotted eagle ray, lettuce leaf slugs and several flatworms to be found.
We moved to Half Moon Caye Wall for the late afternoon and night dives. In the afternoon, we saw a gigantic spotted eagle ray slowly cruising along the wall. We also found another juvenile trunkfish who wasn’t shy at all. The night dive was just as much fun, with an octopus, a squid, a slipper lobster and another longhorn nudibranch.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Painted Wall
With our charter coming to a end we stared the early morning dive at Half Moon Caye Wall again and moved over to Painted Wall a great way to end a charter as guest had eagle rays turtle and school of chubs saying good bye!!!!!
Although we enjoyed each other’s company, we are happy to say goodbye to our warm and friendly guests, hoping that the invitation to come back will be accepted for a prompt return. We wish that these awesome divers may once again choose to dive Belize on the Belize Aggressor III and its crew. Congratulations to our iron divers. Hubert, Bob, Barbara, Lionel, Gina, David, Mike and Ken!