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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 25-Aug 1, 2015
Avg. Sea State: choppy
Avg. Winds: 15knots
Avg. Water Temp: 84F
Avg. Air Temp: 87F
Avg. Visibility: 80-100ft+
Steward - Randy
Engineer - Fermin
Instructors – Andre & Daniel
Dive Sites this week:
Long Caye Ridge
Long Caye Wall
Half Moon Caye Wall
This week we welcomed 16 guests aboard the Belize Aggressor III… Linda, Fenya, Axel, Petrus, Will, Bruce, Dan, Liron, Yoram, Fiona, Marios, Scott, Benny, Bonnie, Sarah, and Ashley.
Sunday July 26, 2015
Dive Site: Sandy Slope
The week started off with some fantastic diving at Sandy Slope on the West side of Turneffe Atoll. There were lots of lobsters, shrimps, and crabs. We even posed for pictures with a lobster that was sitting inside a sponge. We were surrounded by a school of bar jacks, saw groups of groupers, and looked on as the reef fish carried on about their day. In the sand we saw several small Peacock flounders, a tiny lined sole, jawfish with eggs, a myriad of garden eels, Southern stingrays, razor fish, box crabs, and probably the most exciting finds of the day were the trifecta of the seahorse family…a pipefish, 2 pipehorses, and a very tiny seahorse.
Monday July 27, 2015
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Chain Wall
After spending the day at Turneffe Atoll, we motored over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for the remainder of the week. If yesterday’s dives were great for macro, today we saw the big stuff. On one dive there were 4 eagle rays in formation, another pair, and then 3 together. We also saw several other Eagle Rays throughout the day, even from above when we were pulling up to the mooring, we could see an Eagle Ray swimming below. Sharks were also in abundance, as we were visited by 4 different Reef sharks. There were also lots of barracuda, a green and a hawksbill turtle, and some very friendly Nassau groupers.
Tuesday July 28, 2015
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
The first dive of the day took place at the Great Blue Hole Natural Monument and World Heritage Site. We dropped down to the depths below to look at massive stalactite formations that have been submerged for thousands of years.
The rest of the day was spent diving at Long Caye Wall, where we had a great day of diving with sightings of sharks, Eagle rays, and turtles.
Wednesday July 29, 2015
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Julie’s Jungle
Today was another amazing day of diving as we got to see 4 different species of sharks…Hammerhead and Caribbean reef sharks off the wall at Half Moon Caye, and blacktips and a gigantic nurse shark at Julie’s Jungle. We also saw several Eagle rays, Southern stingrays, a green turtle, and lots of barracuda and groupers. There were also tons of garden eels and razor fish in the sand, and we found a pipehorse, several pipefish, and several species of headshield slugs in the grass beds. In the evening the tarpon were out in huge numbers and we even saw an octopus out on the reef.
Thursday July 30, 2015
Dive Sites: Silver Caves & Painted Wall
The sharks showed up again today, and so did the Eagle rays, turtles, and morays. We followed a young Hawksbill turtle as it was feeding on the reef, and then a huge green moray swam right past us as we looked on. Later on we found another hawksbill, this one was resting under a ledge. And then we got a visit from a pair of dolphins.
Friday July 31, 2015
Dive Site: Long Caye Wall
We woke up a little earlier to get in 2 dives before heading back to the dock, and they were both fantastic! There were 2 Caribbean Reef sharks hanging out with the divers. We also got to see a free swimming moray, and witnessed that transition from nocturnal fish going to bed and daylight fish waking up.
Congrats to Peter, Fennya, & Axel on completing their SSI EAN class.
Congrats to Ashley and Sarah on becoming Advanced Open Water divers.
Congrats to Bill on his 100th dive, and also getting his IRON DIVER award along with Bruce.
Thank you all for a great week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!