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*Roatan Aggressor Captains log September 15-22, 2018
*Air Temp. 75-83 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3mm full, shorty or skin
We are happy to welcome 18 guests from around the United States. Everyone arrived by the 3:30 boarding time. We had some cold beverages for all the guests while they checked out the yacht and set up their dive gear. We then had a delicious BBQ cook out prepared by Chef Milton, on the sun deck. A few hearty souls stayed up a few more hours but the majority of guests went to their cabins for some well-deserved rest.
First up for the morning was 40’ Wall. This site is known for its sand chutes and shallow coral gardens. The site is teeming with sea life. Pipe fish, barracuda, creole wrasse, anemone shrimp, Pederson shrimp and a turtle were seen. The next site was Pirate’s Point. This site is known for its sloping sand chute and diverse topography. A green free-swimming moray, mahogany moray, spotted moray, yellow-headed jaw fish, scorpion fish and several clinging crabs were seen. The last site of the day was Mr. Bud. An 80’ fishing boat sunk as an artificial reef. The night dive was fabulous. The group saw a lettuce leaf sea slug, spotted moray, bridled burr fish, porcupine fish, peacock flounder, channel clinging crab, several reef squid and an octopus.
We arrived at the Cayos Cochinos seamounts early in the morning to take advantage of the nice weather and calm seas. These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 45ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. The ocean remained calm so we decided to stay on the seamounts for the whole day and night dive. We were not disappointed. Large groupers, schooling snapper & jacks greeted the divers upon entering the water. Other animals that were seen: a nurse shark cruising on top of the reef, yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling jacks, Atlantic spade fish, barracuda, balloon fish, juvenile spotted drum, and a host of other sea life. The night dive was wonderful. We did the night dive on the small seamount, Little Cocos. A spotted moray was seen hunting amid the coral. Lots of reef squid, small & large were seen. The guests also saw many clinging crabs, a large sleeping turtle and octopuses. The highlight of the dive was when Dive master Willie fed a culled lionfish to a hungry nurse shark. Back on the yacht, Stewardess Jannell, had some delicious hot chocolate for the night divers with a little something extra for those who wanted a little “kick”. It was a great day of diving in Cayos Cochinos.
We left very early in the morning and made the trip to the island of Utila from Cayos Cochinos. The first site of the day was Ted’s Point. This site is known for its wall dotted with swim thrus, cuts & crevices. After we descended our first find was an upside down jellyfish. Dive master Willie then found a long spine heart urchin, followed by a toadfish. Other sea animals seen were: pipe fish, garden eels, hog snapper, mutton snapper and an orange seahorse. The second site on the soutrh side was Jack Neals. Wow…. pistol shrimp, mantis shrimp, sail fin blenny, slender file fish, squat anemone shrimp, bristle heart urchin, flamingo tongue & a peacock flounder, were seen. We then moved to our afternoon & evening site on the south side of Utila, Pinnacle. Schooling creole wrasse, 2 juvenile spotted drums & 4 neck crabs were seen. The night dive gave way to the usual suspects; crabs, lobster, shrimp, squid & octopus.
The morning sight was Cara a Cara. It was nice and calm & sunny! All the guests jumped in and were immediately greeted by the friendly resident groupers. The group explored the beautiful wall and surrounding reef. We then returned to the yacht for a hearty breakfast and went to our next site, Valley of the Kings. Barracuda, cowfish, giant sponges, clinging crabs, and a spotted eel were seen. The next site was the world famous Mary’s Place. Known for its cuts, crevices and swim thrus, Mary’s always a guest pleaser. Secretary blennies, parrot fish, flamingo tongues, nudis, grouper & creole wrasse were seen. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the swim thru’s, the general beauty & plethora of marine life. After one dive we headed to the north side of the island to our last dive site of the day, Tavianna’s wall. We had 2 wonderful dives with creole wrasse buzzing around, large mutton snappers, a small hawksbill Turtle, yellow Snappers, curved nose neck crab, arrow blenny, southern sting-ray, spotted eel, white spotted filefish & Pederson cleaning shrimp. The night dive had all the night players, crab, shrimp, lobster & octopuses.
An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of the Anguila… a 250 ft. wreck that was sunk years ago to provide a alternative dive site and a feeding hole for the local grouper population. It was a fun dive to check out the inside and the surrounding reef with several giant groupers keeping an eye on us. There were also several large cabera snapper under the yacht. The highlight of the dive was a baby octopus in a sponge….Thanks Rick! A short cruise over to Half Moon Bay put us on our afternoon site. Groupers, another spotted eel, turtles and more turtles, plenty of squid, sharp tailed eel, clinging crabs, yellow headed jaw fish & lots of schooling reef fish. After the last dive it was time for Chef Milton’s signature surf & turf dinner. This was followed by the video of the week & departure briefing.
Sadly Friday as come oh too soon 2 dives left this morning before we have to head back to our dock in French Harbor, Its time to wash down our gear, pack our bags and enjoy a drink or two at the captains farewell party and a 5 star dinner a Romeo’s restaurant on our dock.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Derrick, Brian & Pat. A special Happy Birthday to Doug. Check out our “critter” board on Captain’s photos for a detailed list of sea life seen during the week.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……