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Belize Aggressor IV Captain’s Log
September 30 – Oct 7, 2017
Sea State: Light chop to choppy
Air Temp: 87F
Water Temp: 83F
First Mate - John
Asst. Chef - Jean
Stewardess – Elia
Instructors – Ken & Mario
Sunday Oct 1, 2017
Dive Sites: Amberhead North & Front Porch
We spent the first day of diving at Turneffe Atoll. After our guests did their weight and buoyancy checks, off they went for the first of many fantastic dives. Some of the highlights of the day were turtles, stingrays, green morays (one of them looked like he was trying to eat a scorpionfish), neck crabs, groupers, and barracudas.
Monday Oct 2, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
Today we had a lot of shark action…from when we jumped in on the first dive, to the last dive of the day. At Half Moon Caye wall, we saw about 4 Caribbean reef sharks, while on Long Caye wall, we had 2 beautiful Caribbean Reef sharks tagging along for most of the dives. We also found green morays, black groupers, several cleaning stations, yellow head jawfish, and lots of schooling Creole wrasse and jacks. At Half Moon Caye wall a huge Eagle ray glided in and swooped down near the divers.
Tuesday October 3, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Julie’s Jungle
Our first dive of the day was at the world famous Great Blue Hole, a World Heritage Site. We dropped down to the depths to check out massive stalactite formations. After the Blue Hole, we motored over to Half Moon Caye, another World Heritage Site, where we did our island excursion to check out the nesting grounds for a colony of Red Footed Booby birds and Magnificent Frigate Birds.
After lunch, we hopped in at Julie’s Jungle for the afternoon and night dives. We were surrounded by Creole wrasse and Bermuda chubs, and as we cruised the reef, we could see lots of reef fish hustling and bustling about their day. A huge free swimming green moray was out hunting on the reef, and we saw a little golden tail moray peeking from a hole.
Wednesday October 4, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain wall & Cathedral
As soon as we jumped in to the water for our first dive, our escort showed up…a handsome 7ft Caribbean Reef shark that stayed with us for most of the dive. As we cruised along, 2 more Caribbean reef sharks showed up. We also saw several friendly Nassau groupers, a big green moray, peacock flounder, and several Southern stingrays.
After lunch we spent the rest of the day at Cathedral, where we had more encounters with Caribbean Reef sharks…we even saw one on the night dive. We also watched a hawksbill turtle feeding on the reef and a green moray as it lazily slouched over a coral head. There were also several little critters on that dive…baby squid, lettuce sea slugs, white speckled nudibranchs, and neck crabs.
Thursday October 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall
The day started with and amazing dive at Lighthouse wall. Half the group went East and were hanging out with 4 Caribbean reef sharks, several barracuda, friendly groupers, and an Eagle Ray. A few of the other divers went West looking for critters, but still got to see a very healthy looking Caribbean Reef shark that swam up to say hello. We also found skeleton shrimp, peacock flounder, Southern stingrays, some grass shrimp and a scorpionfish.
Friday Oct 6, 2017
Our week of diving finished early, when we headed back to the dock on Thursday night as a precaution for Tropical Storm Nate. The guests got to sleep in on Friday after having a great week of diving.
Happy Birthday Karen! Thank you for coming to celebrate with us!
Congrats to our IRON DIVERS this week: Rick, Karen, David, Kirsten, and Don!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!