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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
August 3-10, 2019
Sea State: Light
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 40-60 ft
Avg Wind Speed: 14-17 knots
Dive Master- Rodney
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Sunday August 4, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Hat Caye Wall
The best spot for the check-out dives is Sandy Slope, and there we headed to start off our charter on a good foot. We encountered pipe horse, pipe fish, eagle ray, snapping shrimp, arrow crab and a turtle.
After some good morning dives, we crossed over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and made our first stop at Hat Caye Wall. It was a nice dive and we were happy to find a second spotted eagle ray and enjoy the beautiful formations of gorgonians and sponges natural of this site.
Monday August 5, 2019,
Dive sites: Aquarium & Eagle Ray Pass
To start off our day, we decided to dive at this rightly called site, Aquarium. The variety of sponges and gorgonians set a magnificent backdrop for the magic to happen when the fish and creatures are added. It is literally like an aquarium filled with very colorful and varied fish and hard to keep up with our eyes to capture all that is happening around us. There were some lettuce slugs, smooth trunkfish, spotted filefish, and a lot more that made for 2 awesome dives.
Later at Eagle Ray Pass, we spent our time looking for the little creatures due to the visibility. We saw Pederson shrimp, banded coral shrimp, arrow crab, longhorn nudibranch, lots of sharp nose puffer, and about 5 squids that seemed to be dodging the tarpons that were around. It was definitely a fabulous dive.
Tuesday: August 6, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
With some flat calm seas, we headed to the world-famous Blue Hole of Belize. The zigzagging through the coral heads and the views toward the site is always a sight on its own. The stalactites formations were intriguing like always and the water nice and cool. A completely different kind of deep dive in the mysterious blue.
Wednesday: August 7, 2019
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Quebrada
It was a great day and we headed for our chosen site called Chain Wall. We got to see the first reef shark of the day moving up and down several times before disappearing. There were also Nassau groupers, stingrays, an eagle ray deep down, and the first closest and coolest shark encounter of the week with a Caribbean reef shark circling us, moving back and forth before coming back to check us out once more.
At out next site, Quebrada, we found the residential reef shark with its 2 white spots that came to pay us a visit like most of the times, a bunch of tarpons and horse-eyed jacks, and a lot of grass squids. There were also some indigo hamlets, flamingo tongue, and longhorn nudibranchs.
Thursday August 8, 2019
Dives Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Black Beauty
At Half Moon Caye Wall, there was a specific reef shark that repeated its visits a few times through the day. Right below the boat, there were some southern stingrays swimming and feeding, there were also some flapping dingbats in the grassy sand, a sailfin blenny on a big concrete block. In the shallow grassy area, we were happy to find a green turtle feeding and a Nassau grouper that almost looked like it was doing some kind of dance moves with its fin till eventually it blew some sand out its mouth.
For the late afternoon and night dive, we went back to Turneffe Atoll and made our first stop at Black Beauty. One of our guests was thrilled to finally find a spotted drum after looking to take videos of it at Lighthouse. An eagle ray playfully swam over the divers before bolting away in the blue. Known to reside in this reef, we were all extra happy to find some white spotted toadfish. We also found some octopus, trumpet fish and sharp nose puffer.
Friday: August 9, 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
This was the day with the best visibility of the week, so we dove at Amber Head South. It immediately was an amazing dive site after running into a large black grouper that curiously and playfully observed us from a distance before coming and going. Strangely and fabulously, it had this behavior through the whole dive. Other cool sightings were a green moray eel, a lobster inside a barrel sponge, lettuce leaf slug, banded coral shrimp and arrow crab. Congrats to our iron divers William, Todd, Mathew, Laurie and Travis.
It was our pleasure to host you aboard the Belize Aggressor III
Captain and Crew