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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
April 14-21, 2018
Sea State: rough
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Avg Wind Speed: 15 knots
Steward – Randy
Engineer – Fermin
Instructor – Daniel
Divemaster – Jadiel
Sunday April 15, 2018
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Front Porch
DOLPHINS!!! The first day started off with a bang! We saw dolphins on the transit, we saw them swimming around the boat as we did our dive deck safety briefing, and we saw them on the first dive of the week! There was a family of 6 dolphins (including a couple small ones) that came to check out a couple of our divers. We also saw a huge loggerhead turtle and 2 hawksbill turtles, several free-swimming moray eels, schools of midnight parrotfish, Southern stingrays, and a white spotted toadfish. Not a bad way to start the week!
Monday April 16, 2018
Dive sites: Grand Bogue & Johnny’s Wrench
Making our way up along the East side of Turneffe, we went diving at Grand Bogue and Johnny’s Wrench on Monday. Viz was still good, considering the cold front (yes, in April) that blew in last night, and we had some awesome dives. Today’s sightings included a very friendly green moray, several spotted morays, a huge roughtail stingray, juvenile spotted drums, a large nurse shark, hawksbill turtle, and white spotted toadfish.
We also found another green moray just being lazy laying across the reef. As we continued our dive, we came across a goldentail moray, a lettuce sea slug, a small scorpionfish, a sea spider, several wire coral shrimps, a headshield slug, and a tiny yellow slug. As we did our safety stop, we played around with a remora.
Tuesday April 17, 2018
Dive Sites: The Notch, Cathedral, & Nurse Shark Ridge
Today we knocked out 3 different dives sites, starting with The Notch on Turneffe Atoll, then doing Cathedral & Nurse Shark Ridge on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. We had an exciting day, with turtles, Eagle Rays, Southern Stingrays, morays, groupers, barracudas, and a Caribbean Reef shark. We also saw a little baby hawksbill turtle. We also found some tiny critters, such as spiny head blennies, Pederson cleaning shrimp, wire coral shrimp, skeleton shrimp, and lettuce sea slugs.
Wednesday April 18, 2018
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Painted Wall
Today truly was a fantastic day of diving. We jumped into crystal clear waters with 150ft+ visibility and the excitement started right away! We saw some Southern Stingrays below the boat, then we saw some Caribbean Reef sharks, there were several Nassau and Black groupers tagging along as we cruised the wall. Along the wall, we saw a Scalloped Hammerhead down below…AWESOME! That was not the end of it, we hung out with 2 hawksbill turtles, and almost got run over by a large loggerhead that swam along with the divers for about 5 minutes. We saw an Eagle ray breach the water with a high jump into the air and then dive back down…acrobat Eagle Ray! Today we also saw a total of 6 octopus, a school of squid, and several green and spotted morays. There was a pike blenny trying to make a home, some flapping dingbats in the sand, and a flamingo tongue moving across the sandy bottom. We also found some more tiny slugs and nudibranch today.
Thursday April 19, 2018
Dives Sites: Blue Hole & Quebrada
First stop today was the Great Blue Hole. Stalactites formed tens of thousands of years ago when the Blue Hole was not a hole but a gigantic cave, hundreds of feet high. Now, we have to drop down to about 100ft to see the massive stalactites that grew from the overhang. Amazing to think that these stalactites were formed from little drops of water.
After the Blue Hole, we headed over for an island excursion on Half Moon Caye to check out the Red Footed Booby Bird colony.
For the afternoon, we hopped into clear blue water at Quebrada…it was easily 200ft viz. We saw a lot of cool stuff on that dive, including a huge Eagle Ray, a couple Caribbean reef sharks, a free-swimming moray down the wall, neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, juvenile spotted drum, Peacock flounder, schools of tarpon, permit, horse-eye jacks, and a nurse shark that was probably only 2 ft long. One of the most interesting things I have ever seen I found on this dive…an octopus egg sac. You could see the tiny octopus inside the transparent tubular sac.
Friday April 20, 2018
Dive Site: Amberhead South
The great visibility continued on our last day of diving. We finished off the week at Amberhead South, where we did our pre-breakfast dive, then did our last dive after breakfast before heading back to the dock. Sightings for the last day included Southern stingrays, moray eels, sargassum triggerfish, yellow head jawfish with eggs in it’s mouth, groupers, barracudas, and a spotted Eagle Ray.
This was a great group charter with a great group of people. Awesome dives and awesome company. We look forward to seeing you again!
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Patrick, Stijn, Gulliver, Kathy, and Paulo!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!