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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
May 14-21, 2015
Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 80ft
Stewardess - Vanessa
Engineer - Fermin
Instructors – Daniel & Ken
Deck Asst - Jadiel
Saturday May 14, 2016
3:00 PM – Guest board
This week we had 18 passengers ready to explore the Belizean waters.
Welcome aboard Pascal, Sebastien, Ron, John K, Barb, Doug, Rita, Don, Peter, Annie, Tanja, Bodo, Laurie, John, Troy, Shelby, Suzanne, and Scott.
Sunday May 15, 2016
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zipline
Sunday was spent on the West side of Turneffe Atoll, diving Sandy Slope and Zipline. On the first dive, we had a green moray tagging along for about 15 minutes. We also saw several black groupers and Nassau groupers. There was a steady stream of Creole wrasse along the drop-off, and while snapper and grunts hung out in schools on the reef. In the sand we found peacock flounder, hermit crabs, yellow head jawfish, razorfish, Southern stingrays, garden eels, and a seahorse.
Monday May 16, 2016
Dive Sites: Front Porch & Grand Bogue
Today’s dives continued on the South of Turneffe Atoll at Front Porch and Grand Bogue. Some of today’s sightings included green and spotted morays, a huge barracuda, a massive rough tail stingray, black groupers, rainbow parrotfish, midnight parrotfish, and a hawksbill turtle. We also found a nurse shark sleeping under a coral head, and a big old Loggerhead turtle cruised by in the shallows. On the night dive, we saw some octopi, 2 toadfish, squid, eels, nudibranch, and lobsters.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
Our first stop of the day was to the Great Blue Hole. We took our divers down to the depths below to look at massive stalactites that were formed over 10,000 years ago when the Blue Hole was a cave above the surface.
Next we went to Long Caye Wall for the afternoon and night dives. It was a great day of diving, with swarming Creole wrasse, a squadron of tarpon, horse-eye jacks, golden tail eel, groupers, porcupine fish, and as we were looking at a seahorse on the wall, a Caribbean reef shark came up to check us out.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & X-Site
One of the first things we saw today was a Caribbean Reef shark zipping around. He stayed long enough to pose for some pictures then took off down the wall. In the shallows we found a Southern stingray, sea cucumbers, a baby hawksbill, spiny head blennies, and tons of barracuda. There are nice sponges on these sites too. A huge moray was splayed out on the sand between to coral heads. Under the boat we saw a school of horse eye jacks, tarpon, and some permit.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle &
Julie’s Jungle has great sponge life! There is a very unique sponge here that is over 10ft tall and has several other sponges growing at its base. In addition to the sponges, it is just a beautiful reef with fantastic wall drop off and some cool sand chutes. An abundance of fish tops it off. Painted wall is also home to great coral, sponge, and marine life. The kaleidoscope of color is fascinating. Today we saw a blacktip reef shark, several morays, hawksbill turtle, schools of Sergeant Majors, lobsters running in line across the sand, slender filefish, and bar jacks.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Dive Site: Long Caye Wall
We finished off the week of diving at Long Caye Wall. Our first dive was a pre-breakfast dive at 6:00am and then another after breakfast, before heading back to the dock. On the final dives, we saw a green moray out feeding, several barracudas and groupers, a hawksbill turtle, and lots of reef fish swimming around. All the parrotfish were waking up and the hustling and bustle of the Creole wrasse, sergeant majors, blue tangs, bar jacks, and toher schooling fish looked like early morning rush hour. Two great dives to finish a great week of diving.
Congrats to Scott and Shelby on getting their Advanced Open Water certifications.
Congrats to Ron, Tanja, and Bodo on doing all the dives this week and becoming Belize Aggressor III IRON DIVERS!!!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!