Belize Aggressor IV Captain’s Log
Dec 30 – Jan 6, 2017
Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 79F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Avg Wind Speed: 10-20knots
First Mate - John
Asst. Chef Carlos
Stewardess – Jean
Engineer – Simon
Instructor – Ken
This week we had a wonderful group of people come spend the New Year with us on the BAIV, led by Spencer Phillips from Southern Skin Diver Supply out of Birmingham, Alabama.
Welcome Aboard – Spencer, Mary, Rebeccah, Brad, Todd, Kathy, Holly, Kurt, Natalie, Andrew, Julian, Debbie, Alan, and the Robey Family…Richard Sr., Marla, Richard Jr., William, Luke, Raley, and Cassady.
Sunday Dec 31, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Long Caye Wall
We finished off the year with some spectacular diving…Spotted morays, scorpion fish, tarpon, schools of jacks, chubs, black, yellow fin, and Nassau groupers, 2 Caribbean reef sharks, 1 nurse shark, a big hawksbill turtle, neck crabs, arrow blennies, and lots of other critters. A few minutes before midnight, he hopped in to do our New Year’s Eve countdown on a dive.
Monday Jan 1, 2018
Dive sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Cathedral
On the first day of the year, we encountered some very friendly Nassau groupers and some very curious barracudas. We watched several Southern stingrays feeding in the sandy bottom, found some flounder, razorfish, and garden eels in the sand, and watched schools of blue parrotfish and goatfish. W also had a visit from 4 Caribbean reef sharks.
Tuesday Jan 2, 2018
Dive Sites: Angelfish Wall, Quebrada, & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today we were amazed at the size of a massive eagle ray that cruised past us over the sand flats. We also saw a pair of Caribbean reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle, several Southern stingrays, garden eels, razorfish, and tarpon. We saw a Caribbean Reef shark being trailed by a school of bar jacks, and another shark swimming alongside a spotted eagle ray.
Wednesday Jan 3, 2018
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Grand Bogue
We had a great day of diving…finishing up at Lighthouse Reef then moving over to Turneffe for the remainder of the week. On the dives, we saw a group or Nassau groupers, a group of black groupers (maybe it’s mating season), and yellowfin grouper. An eagle ray gliding above us as we cruised along the wall, and several free-swimming morays moved along the top of the reef. We found a tiny peacock flounder, some neck crabs, and some microscopic shrimp in grass. A pair of Caribbean sharks came around, one was hunting in reef. There were 4 eagle rays swimming in formation, then another pair of eagle rays passed by later in the dive. Free-swimming morays continued to hunt on the reef, and a green turtle and a hawksbill came by to check us out. We were surrounded by schools of silver fish, being followed by hungry barracudas and jacks. On the night dive we saw octopus, squid, white spotted toadfish, and a long string of pelagic tunicates.
Thursday Jan 4, 2018
Dives Sites: Bull’s Bay & Front Porch
On Thursday, there were eels everywhere…green morays, spotted morays, and golden tails. We also saw 2 eagle rays, Southern stingrays, scorpionfish, lettuce sea slugs, white spotted toadfish, and anurse shark.
Friday Jan 5, 2018
Dive Site: Black Beauty
We finished of our week of diving at Black Beauty…named because of the abundance of black coral on this site. On the last dives, we found white-spotted toadfish, lots of green morays, a hawksbill turtle, schools of midnight parrotfish and rainbow parrotfish, as well as a scorpionfish.
Happy Birthday to Spencer, thank you for coming to the Belize Aggressor III to celebrate your birthday.
Congrats to Todd on being our only IRON DIVER this week!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!