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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II
12-19 November 2016
Air temperature: 85° - 89° F
Water temperature: 81° - 84° F
Visibility: 50 – 80 feet
Captain: Christy Weaver
2nd Captain: Andy S.
Instructor: Jessica Polk
Photo Pro: Troy Sandy
Video Pro: Conor Ferrin
Chef: Matt Crawford
Heather, Martin, Clay, Kimberly, Bob, Terry, Jerry, Basil, Mike, Stuart, Jeff, John, Michael, Ed, Steve
Sunday – Eel Garden / Amphitheatre – North West Point
Monday – Two Step – North West Point / Boat Cove - West Caicos
Tuesday –Spanish Anchor– West Caicos / G-Spot – French Cay
Wednesday – Half Mile – French Cay / Gullies – West Caicos
Thursday – Elephant Ear Canyan – West Caicos / The Dome – North West Point
Friday – Stairway - North West Point
Saturday afternoon fifteen guests came aboard the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. With introductions done and the safety briefing underway the yacht moved out to North West Point in preparation for the first of many great dives this week. After dinner guests finished setting up all their gear and cameras before heading to grab some shut eye before the first day of diving in Turks & Caicos.
With breakfast served guest gathered around the dive table to listen in on the general dive briefing, get tanks analyzed and gear set up before jumping into the water for our first two dives at Eel Garden. This site has a large sandy bottom where garden eels are abound as well as flounder and lobster. For the second half of the day we moved to Amphitheatre, named for the large cut taken out of the wall and giving the appearance of a concert amphitheater. We did 3 dives here including a night dive and swam with lots of sea turtles.
Monday we did two more dives off of North West Point at a site known as Two Step. We started the day at this site as it’s a tad bit deeper than the other sites. The wall starts at about 50 feet then it drops one “step” down to 70 feet then another “step” down to 90 before entering the abyss. Then during lunch the T&C Aggressor II moved over to West Caicos spending the remainder of the day at Boat Cove. Boat Cove did not disappoint as we swam with a spotted eagle ray on the first dive and an octopus on our night dive.
Tuesday morning we started the day at Spanish Anchor, a great spot on the wall at West Caicos that has a swim through with a coral encrusted anchor at the bottom. Guests had a resident nurse shark join them in the swim through on the morning dive. With flat seas and good overall weather conditions T&C Aggressor II made the jump to French Cay mid-day during lunch. We finished the day with two day dives plus a night dive at a site called G-Spot. G-spot got its name from the topography formation resembling the letter G. We had an awesome finish to the day as we swam with a huge Cubera snapper, tons of yellowheaded jawfish, and Jess was pumped because she spotted a silky shark! We also swam with at least five nurse sharks on the night dive and had a supermoon this evening which was a beautiful way finish to the day.
Wednesday morning we moved closer into French Cay island to a site called Half Mile, which gets its name from the distance the site lies from the island. We did not see the bat-fish that we had at the site recently but we did see a white-fined shark sucker that was at least 4 feet is size. These guys do not generally travel alone so we spent some time wondering what large fish it could have travelled so close by with. After the first two dives and while Matt the chef prepared an Asian dish for lunch, we then travelled back to West Caicos to finish the dive day. Ending the day was three dives at Gullies. We spotted a beautiful group of silversides circling inside the main Gully when we swam through it and a group of spade fish close to the mooring line on our way back to the boat which definitely was a treat. A few divers even saw a very active young octopus scouring over the coral hunting for food. Did you know that octopus have three hearts and more neurons than any other invertebrate? Needless to say they are incredibly smart and interesting creatures!
We started our Thursday at Elephant Ear Canyon with two incredible dives. The seas were starting to talk a bit more than they had prior in the week but we still had great dives. Tons of life on the wall here as we descended down including huge groupers and snappers and reef sharks. After our dives we had a delicious lunch and made the journey to North West Point. We arrived right about two o’clock and immediately got busy diving. The Dome did not disappoint: slender filefish, secretary blennies, and flamingo tongues were some of the marco life reported on the dive. Most of the divers spent the entire night dive at the dome which brought out tons of night life for the divers to marvel at.
Friday due to the weather the T&C Aggressor had to leave for port but not before making one last dive. Lots of lobsters, crabs and a large green moray came out to say farewell to everyone. Once everyone was safely accounted for back on the boat it came time to head back to Turtle Cove Marina. We settled in for a quiet afternoon and then it’s time for the Sunset Wine and Cheese party.
All and all another amazing week on the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II!!!!!!