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Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
May 21-28, 2016
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 80-100ft +
Steward - Randy
Engineer - Fermin
Instructors – Andre & Ken
Deck Asst - Jadiel
Saturday May 21, 2016
3:00 PM – Guest board
This week we had 14 guests. We had a few old friends come back to visit…particularly for Yanis cooking. Welcome aboard Joe, Rich, Steve, Dan, Pam, Fabio, Lloyd, David, Blake, Brett, Yasemin, Seth, Terry, and Bob.
Sunday May 22, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julies Jungle
The great weather and awesome dives made the week get off to a great start. All our excited divers hopped in to fantastic visibility and came back talking of all the cool stuff they saw. There was once again the seahorse family trifecta, with sightings of seahorses, pipe fish, and Pipe horses. We also saw a huge green moray, some spotted morays, peacock flounder, Scorpion fish, barracudas and groupers. We also saw a cool cornet fish swimming around behind the boat. At the end of the dive, we saw a beautiful pair of Eagle Rays gliding gracefully along.
The day continued after we motored over to Lighthouse Reef and tied up to the mooring at Julies Jungle for the afternoon and night dives. We swam with massive sponges and colorful fish. There were tarpon, barracuda, and groupers, swimming around, and we spotted another huge moray. We also saw a juvenile trunk fish bobbing about. On the night dive, we found several octopi, squid, eels, lobsters, and some nudibranch.
Monday May 23, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Long Caye Wall
We had a great day of diving at Long Caye Ridge and Long Caye Wall. As soon as we hopped in, we saw a Caribbean Reef shark hanging out in the shallows. Off the wall an Eagle Ray cruised by, and a small Hawks bill turtle swam up to the divers. We found a huge lobster walking around, a small golden tail moray hunting alongside a graysby, several tarpon, neck crabs, and 2 seahorses…a tiny yellow one and a large red one.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Our day started with a single dive at the world famous Blue Hole to explore massive stalactite formations down at the depths below. Next stop was an island excursion to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, where we went to observe the nesting grounds for the white-phased red foot booby birds and the magnificent frigate birds.
After our visit to the island our divers were ready to go diving. We spent the afternoon and night having some awesome dives at Silver Caves. It seemed like it was raining Creole wrasse around us. We saw a huge green moray swimming along the wall, and several very large black groupers were swimming about. There were also lots of trunk fish doing their courting dance. And for the third day in a row, we found a seahorse.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & South East Cut
Today was filled with some amazing dives over at Half Moon Caye Wall and South East Cut. As soon as we dropped in, we saw several Southern stingrays. Of the wall there were 3 Caribbean reef sharks, and a pair of Eagle Rays. We had both a Loggerhead and a green turtle swim right up to us. The green turtle was trying to get rid of a pair of remora that was bothering him. In the grass beds we found a Pipe horse, pipe fish, and several head shield slugs and flapping dingbats.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Dive Sites: Tarpon Caves & Painted Wall
The visibility was superb today at Tarpon Caves! As soon as we jumped in, we saw a huge Eagle Ray and a green turtle. That turtle hung around and made several appearances on the surface during our surface interval. We also saw it on the second dive that morning as it was feeding in the grass. We also saw several Caribbean reef sharks and more Eagle rays. There were also some Nassau groupers hanging out with us during the entire dive. On the edge of the reef, we saw a scorpion fish hiding out in plain sight.
For the afternoon, we headed over to Painted Wall to some more amazing diving. After being approached by a friendly hawks bill, we saw a HUGE loggerhead turtle making its way along the top of the wall. There was also a massive rough back stingray lying in the sand, and a Southern stingray scurried off. Three green morays were swimming around the reef and several pairs of Trumpet fish. This dive felt like we were in an aquarium with the hundreds of fish swimming around.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Dive Site: Site-X & Black Beauty
The final dives of the week are always bitter sweet…sad that the week is over, but great memories of fantastic diving. We saw more morays and turtles on both dives. We also saw some channel clinging crabs, lobsters, and some neck crabs. Schools of horse eye and bar jacks, along with permit, and Creole wrass all intermingled. And we could several midnight and rainbow parrot fish gliding along the wall. It was a great week, with great weather, great diving, and great people.
Congrats to Rich, Loyd, Fabio, and Dave for doing all the dives this week and becoming Belize Aggressor III IRON DIVERS!!!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!