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Log Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Entry By: Cayman Aggressor Crew







 

Water temp 80f+

Air Temp 80s windy and rain

Visibility  80ft- 150ft+

Wetsuit Req: 3mm full suit/shorty

17 happy excited divers joined us for another week of fun in the sun Cayman style. A short cruise up the West Bay gave us time to enjoy our BBQ dinner on the sundeck followed by our welcome aboard briefing and a good night’s sleep in anticipation for our upcoming day of diving

Sunday. The wreck of the Doc Poulson was our first site, a perfect location to check out any new gear, photograph the wreck, explore the drop off and generally get wet! The weather wasn’t doing us any favors this we as a trough system was in the area so we decided to dive the Kittiwake for the PM dives  . Plenty of places to explore with plenty of bottom time being that the deepest point is only 60 ft. The engine rooms, workshops, galley, mess, bridge and Capt. quarters were all explored! We were also on the Sand Chutes wall dive site here we enjoyed the shear drop off and cuts through the reef leading to the deep and beyond! The night dive was a hit with several giant crabs, sleeping turtle, lobsters, eels and a couple of squid!

Monday  Big tunnels were up first and what a awesome AM site this is! Plenty of swim thru’s, tunnels, caves and arches for us to explore on the edge of the wall! A little current brought in the clear water  and made us earn our mid morning cookie snack!  Stingray City was up next, here we get the chance to be molested by these pesky little critters, plenty of fun was had and not to many war wounds were received. The weather still being crappy to make the crossing we decided on the shallow reef and wall at “Killa Puffa” A giant green eel, couple of turtles and plenty of reef critters to keep everyone happy! What a great afternoon of diving!

Tuesday The weather was making the west side bumpy so we moved over to the north side to dive Tarpon Alley on the North Wall] here we usually get the chance to see the schooling tarpon but only a couple were around today! However the visibility was awesome and the shear wall was enjoyed! We cruised down towards the east end to dive Babylon, wow what a great dive was had! More turtles, a French Angels, scorpion fish and the crevice made for a fun dive! The weather was still blowing pretty hard and the gang voted to try the crossing over to Little Cayman! We attempted it but the sea’s were just to big so we returned back to Babylon for another afternoon  dive but had to cancel the night dive due to poor conditions! L

Wednesday.  To make up for the night dive we jumped in at 5.45AM to see if we could see the changing of the guard on the reef! No sure we did but boy did breakfast taste ever so good and the hammerhead shark sighting made getting up real early worthwhile!@ Over to A&W Wall for our morning dives, a beautiful reef and wall could have made for a beautiful dive however the current was running real strong with people struggling to get back to the boat so we moved  12 miles up the wall to Hammerhead Hill! Here the conditions were much better and we had great sightings of a nurse shark, mating puffers, 2 turtles and 3 eagle rays, The night dive was enjoyed by a few diehards and they came back with reports of crabs, lobsters, spotted eels and a scorpion fish!

Thursday, The gang again wanted to dive before breakfast so off they went!  And as the conditions were pretty dismal above water we decided to do a second dive here before moving over to Barkers Caye Wall for a 3 dive of the day! Giant lobsters and decent visibility made for a great dive no current put a smile on every-ones face and off we went to check out Trinity Caves. Wow what a great dive we had exploring no only the caves at Round Rock but cruising up the reef to The caves! Several caves cuts and swim thru’s make for a fun dive and with the swells breaking on the dive deck made for a fun exit! Off we went to Rhum Point! Even though we had a 20ft  layer of green water on the surface we had great visibility below! A afternoon and dusk dive were enjoyed with sightings of eagle rays, Scorpionfish, turtles, gaggles of lobsters and more turtles were spotted!

Friday. Just 2 dives left to enjoy the on our final day of diving however today our gang wanted to do another early AM dive so off they went again enjoying 2 dives at Rhum Point before we moved  to the west side to dive the wreck of the Oro Verde! All in all we had a great week of diving considering the unfavorable above surface conditions with cloudy skies and driving rain! We made all the dives and more and best of all we came back with all the divers we departed with! J All  that’s left to do is wash our gear and get ready for a cold drink or two at the farewell party. Congrats go out to Kristin for completing her SSI Nitrox class, always great to see so many familiar faces  and a BIG thank you all for making this another wonderful week of Aggressor diving in the Cayman Islands

Until next time……

Cayman Aggressor IV Crew