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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Feb 20-27, 2016
Avg. Sea State: choppy
Avg. Winds: 15knots
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Visibility: 80-100ft+
Stewardess - Vanessa
Instructors – Daniel &; Andre
This week we welcomed aboard Anelia, Emma, Walt, Pam, Mike, Anitra, Liz, Mike, Sarah, Harry, Lee, Nancy, Jeff, Tim, Marc, and Bob.
Sunday Feb 14, 2016
Sandy Slope & Zipline
Our week of diving began on the West side of Turneffe Atoll. First we hopped in at Sandy Slope, then moved over to Zipline for the afternoon dives. One of the first things we saw was a pair of Eagle rays gliding along out on the drop off. As we continued on, we encountered several groupers barracudas, and another solitary eagle ray. Over the sand we found flounder, decorator crabs, yellow head jawfish, garden eels, and a pipefish.
Monday Feb 15, 2016
Julie’s Jungle &; Long Caye Wall
As we gave the briefing, we noticed a something on the surface…was it a turtle? It looked like it, but then it seemed too long. As it came closer, we could see a salt water croc swimming toward the boat. WOW!!! That is a first for us here on the Belize Aggressor III. It seems like the green morays must have been mating this week, because we saw several pairs of them out swimming together, starting at Julie’s Jungle. We also found tons of lobster, neck crabs, cleaning stations, and had numerous barracuda sightings. Today’s dive sites also boast some amazing sponge life, with beautiful and massive barrel sponges. We also had our first shark sighting as a Caribbean Reef shark cruised up toward us on the wall.
Tuesday Feb 16, 2016
Blue Hole, Eagle Ray Pass, Silver Caves
Our first dive of the day was at the Great Blue Hole. Usually on the Blue Hole dive we just drop down to check out the massive stalactite formations, but today we were welcomed back after the dive by a hawksbill turtle. For the rest of the day we had some fantastic dives at Eagle Ray Pass and Silver Caves. There was a lot to see at these sites, everything from free swimming morays, to black tip reef sharks, to hawksbill turtles, to lettuce see slugs, and of course Eagle Rays. The highlight though, was seeing several dolphins as they passed over the dive site.
Wednesday Feb 17, 2016
Half Moon Caye Wall &; Johnny’s Wrench
The excitement on Wednesday started as soon as we dropped over the edge at Half Moon Caye Wall. First we could see and Eagle Ray gliding about 30 feet below us, then a small shark, then another small shark. Two little Caribbean Reef sharks were zigzagging along with the spotted Eagle Ray. While this was happening, a hawksbill turtle was swimming above us and dipped down to say hello…soon after another
Caribbean reef shark, but this was no baby, she was at least a 7 footer. Now that describes the first 10 minutes of our dive, what next? As we continued diving, we also saw some schooling Creole wrasse, lots of groupers, blue parrotfish, bar jacks, horse-eye jacks, and countless barracudas. There were also a lot of ocean triggers swimming around. Not to mention we had a large shark sucker tag along for the entire time. As we headed up the shallows, we looked through the grass beds and found 3 pipehorses, 2 pipefish, a flapping dingbat, some crabs, arrow shrimp, and skeleton shrimp. In the sand flats we could see hundreds of garden eels and razorfish, a couple flounders, and several Southern Stingrays. As the day went on, we had more shark, Eagle Ray, and pipehorse sightings, as well as, the rare flapping dingbat bubble snail.
Thursday Feb 18, 2016
Black Beauty & Grand Bogue
Thursday was a fantastic and exciting day of action packed diving. We had several free swimming morays around, an extremely friendly barracuda, several Nassau and black groupers, Southern stingrays, roughtail stingrays, yellow stingrays, lobsters, a loggerhead turtle, octopus, spotted toadfish, an extremely small yellow slug, and a seahorse. The night dive was phenomenal, we found the seahorse from earlier, found several stingrays, 2 octopi, crabs, some extremely tiny squid, neck crabs, a nurse shark, schools of mullet, and a massive sea wasp.
Friday Feb 19, 2016
Front Porch & The Elbow
The end of the week, we did Front Porch and the world famous Elbow at Turneffe Atoll. It was a great way to end the week with more sightings of green morays, a hawksbill turtle, a school of midnight and rainbow parrotfish, and an Eagle Ray to top it all off. On the way back to the dock, dolphins were playing under the bow and in the ship’s wake. This week we had some phenomenal diving with some truly amazing people. We saw huge sharks and tiny macro life, and there was something for everyone.
Several of our divers had milestone dives this week, so we would like to congratulate:
Pamela & Anitra – 200th dives
Liz – 600th dive
Mike – 800th dive
Lee - 1200th dive
Congrats to Pam and Walt on becoming Master Scuba Divers! And Congrats to Jeff and Mike on doing all the dives this week and becoming our newest IRON DIVERS!!! Thank you all for a great week. Hope to