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Log Date: Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
Entry By: Belize Crew









 



Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Nov 21-28, 2015


Conditions:
Sea State: choppy
Air Temp: 80-82F
Water Temp: 81F
Visibility: 80-100+ ft

Crew:
Capt. Jay
Capt. Chris
Chef Anna
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors – Andre & Ken

Saturday Nov 21, 2015
At 3:00pm our guests started the boarding process…Welcome Aboard  Andriy, Yihsin, Jacky, Rosalind, Paul, Hilda, Lorna, Dale, Mike, Chris, Jean Phillipe, Steve, Laura, Christiane, Patrick, Susanne, and Kent.

Sunday Nov 22, 2015
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zipline
Our first day of diving was spent on the West side of Turneffe at Sandy Slope and Zipline, and we had some exciting dives to start off the week. There were lots of lobsters on the wall, we saw several spotted moray eels and a huge green moray, and a juvenile spotted drum was swimming around in a little pattern. A huge black grouper came up to check out the divers, and several barracuda just stared us down. Schools of creole wrasse swarmed around us, and schools of mahogany snappers grouped together on the top of the reef. We also visited by a huge spotted Eagle Ray who swam by gracefully, and we watched a little hawksbill turtle as it fed on the reef.  And to top it off, we found a yellow seahorse hanging on to a rope sponge.

Monday Nov 23, 2015
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Angelfish Wall, & South East Cut
Monday morning we woke up to an exciting dive day on Lighthouse Reef. The first thing we saw as soon as we hopped in was a Caribbean Reef shark swimming below the boat. As the day went on, we saw 4 more reef sharks, 3 species of turtles: hawksbill, green, and loggerhead, sharptail eel, tons of lobster, several lettuce sea slugs, channel clinging crabs, schools of blue parrotfish, and schools of jacks. The highlight of the day had to be the 2 Eagle rays that hung out with Jean Phillipe and Matthias for about 25 minutes! To quote Jean Phillipe – “this was probably the best dive I have ever been on!”. We had such a great day of diving and fabulous weather as well.


Tuesday Nov 24, 2015
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
Tuesday started with a dive at the Blue Hole, a natural monument in Belize, and World Heritage Site. We dropped down to explore massive stalactite formations formed thousands and thousands of years ago when the Blue Hole was once a cave above ground.
For the rest of the day, we went diving at Half Moon Caye Wall. The diversity of site appeases all types of divers. We saw everything from minute macro life to large pelagics. As we dropped down the wall, we saw Caribbean Reef sharks, Eagle Rays, and a hawksbill turtle. There was also a pair of green morays swimming along the reef. As we moved over to the sand and grass beds, we saw several Southern stingrays, lots of garden eels and razorfish, several Peacock flounder, barracuda, sailor’s choice, blue parrotfish, midnight parrotfish, tarpon, gray Angelfish, and a massive dog snapper. We also found some tiny macro life such as flapping dingbats, unarmed cryptic shrimp, headshield slugs, lined elysia, and some box crabs…great dives today!

Wednesday Nov 25, 2015
Dive Sites: Inspiration & Tarpon Caves
We woke up to flat seas and headed over to Inspiration for the morning dives, then to Tarpon Caves for the afternoon and night dives. Both sites have very dramatic wall drop-offs and tons to see. We saw countless groupers today…tiger, Nassau, and Black groupers. We even saw a grouper that had a fish in its mouth. Another came up so close to one of our guests, we thought it wanted a kiss. We also saw Eagle Rays, Caribbean Reef and Nurse sharks, tons of barracuda, and hawksbill turtles. Several of our divers dropped down into the chimney, a tunnel that goes straight down into the top of the reef and comes out a bit deeper down the wall. As we headed up to our safety stop, we spotted a squadron of squid.

Thursday Nov 26, 2015
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Long Caye Wall
Today’s dives brought out a lot of excitement from our guests with sightings of Caribbean Reef sharks, Nurse sharks, a very friendly turtle, a pair of Eagle rays, free swimming moray eels, decorator crabs, schools of jacks, and lots of reef fish. It was pretty cool to see a Caribbean Reef shark dart into a school of horse-eye jacks and then the jacks swim away and getting around behind it…pretty smart fish if you asked me. Also, seeing a pair of Eagle Rays hovering right above us on the edge of the wall, and spending about 20 minutes with a very friendly hawksbill were really some special moments that we will never forget. Another great day of diving!

Friday Nov 27, 2015
Dive Site: Silver Caves
We did our final 2 dives of the week at Silver Caves on Lighthouse Reef before heading back to the dock. It was a great way to end the week with 2 dives that basically summarized our entire week. We saw Caribbean Reef sharks, a hawksbill turtle, Eagle Rays, morays, Southern stingrays, neck crabs, cleaning stations, groupers, groupers at cleaning stations, barracuda, and schools of horse-eye jacks/bar jacks/creole wrasse. We also saw a bunch of colourful reef fish, such as different species of Angelfish, hamlets, triggerfish, wrasses, boxfish, blennies & gobies, snappers, groupers, damselfish, and parrotfish. There was just a lot of marine life on these beautiful reefs.

Congrats to YiHsin, Steve, Andriy, and Matthias on becoming IRON DIVERS!

Thank you all for a GREAT week!

EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!