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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 25, 2015
Entry By: Belize Crew









 



Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
April 25-May 2, 2015

Conditions:
Avg. Sea State: light chop to choppy
Avg. Winds: 10 knots
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Air Temp: 88F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft

Crew:
Capt. Jay
Capt. Chris
Chef Yanis
Steward - Randy
Instructor - Daniel
Divemaster - Max

This week we welcomed Sieg and Kathy Stahl who brought down the Sea Dog Divers. We had 16 passengers this week.Venson, Larry, Richard, Anne Marie, Alex, Cindy, Doug, Milton, Kate, Jim, Ava, Kathleen, Marie, Cami, Sieg, and Kathy.

Sunday - April 26, 2015:
Dive Site: Sandy Slope
Sundays dives were over at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. After getting suited up, we hopped in, did a buoyancy check, and the set off to explore this awesome dive site. In just the first 10 minutes we had already come across 6 pipefish, a peacock flounder, garden eels, and yellow headed jawfish.and that was just on the sandy bottom before even reaching the coral heads. As we continued on and moved toward the coral reefs, we were met by tons of reef fish. Creole wrasse were scattering about, schools of grunt and mahogany snappers were huddled together, while blue chromis, fairy basslets, indigo hamlets, parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish, jacks, and durgeons were just busy moving around the reef. As we headed to the shallows toward the end of the dive, we found a yellow head jawfish with eggs in its mouth.

Monday - April 27, 2015:
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
After motoring to Lighthouse Reef the night before, we woke up at Long Caye Ridge for our morning dives and then moved to Painted Wall for the afternoon and night dives. We had great weather and great diving. Some of the highlights of the day were free swimming morays, flounder, tarpon, Reef squid, a baby squid, nudibranch, channel clinging crab, and tons of
lobsters.

Tuesday - April 28, 2015
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Chain Wall
Normally when we dive the Blue Hole we just go down to look at massive stalactite formations, however, today we were greeted down below by several very big Amberjacks as we made our descent. Next we went for an island excursion at Half Moon Caye to look at the nesting grounds for the Red Footed Booby bird. Walking around the island made us work up an appetite, so we came back on board for some Cheeseburgers in Paradise and a little siesta before motoring over to Chain Wall for the afternoon dives. We had a pretty exciting afternoon as we spotted several Caribbean Reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, and several very friendly Nassau Groupers.

Wednesday - April 29, 2015
Dive Sites: South East Cut & Half Moon Caye Wall
The excitement started right away on Wednesday mornings dives, when just minutes after we got in a 10ft Hammerhead popped up over the wall and made an easy, slow pass right in front of some of the divers. What a Great way to start off the day of diving. As the day went on, we also saw Caribbean reef sharks, eagle rays, green turtle, goldentail moray, slender filefish, pipehorse, flapping dingbat, headshield slug, flounder, pike blenny, and a massive Loggerhead turtle that was waiting right below the boat as we hopped in for the afternoon dives.

Thursday - April 30, 2015
Front Porch & Black Beauty
Just when we thought we could not top such a great and exciting day like the one we had yesterday, we get a visit from a pod of 14 dolphins just passing right down in front of the divers.WOW! There were also several green morays out feeding on the reefs, spotted toadfish, a huge stingray, and a little hawksbill turtle.

Friday - May 1, 2015
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Elbow
We did a pre-breakfast dive to start off the day Black Beauty and then finished our week of diving at the world famous Elbow. The dives were quite busy with schooling midnight, rainbow, & stoplight parrotfish. We also saw schooling Atlantic Spadefish, Creole wrasse, and bar jacks. We found another spotted toadfish, a scorpionfish, a stingray, and 2 Eagle rays swam by to bid us a farewell.

What a great way to end off our week of diving.
We would like to thank all our guests for visiting us aboard to Belize Aggressor III. Also, congrats to Cami on her 50th dive, Cindy & Doug on their 100th dives, and Marie on her 400th dive. Come back to see us!

EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!