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BAIII Captain’s Log
Mar 4-11, 2017
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Air Temp: 79F
Avg. Water Temp: 81F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft
Steward – Randy
Instructors – Jerome & Daniel
Deck Assts: Jason & Jadiel
Saturday Mar 4, 2017
3:00pm Guests board…Welcome Aboard Shenglee, Richie, Jonathan, Tom, Jeff, Asher, Schlomo, Howard, David, Gene, Shelley, Jerry, Eileen, Alan, Lisa, and Judy.
5:30pm Safety briefing
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Mar 5, 2017
Dive Sites: Julie’s Jungle & Eagle Ray Pass
After leaving Belize City last night, we woke up at Lighthouse Reef Atoll to start our week of diving at Julie’s Jungle and Eagle Ray Pass. The first dives of the day were check out dives to get everyone weighted right and get re-acclimated with their equipment. Today we had some fantastic dives, with sightings of a hawksbill turtle, green morays, a nurse shark and huge lobster hanging out together, a golden tail eel, skeleton shrimp, lionfish, and lots of other reef fish going about their business on the reef.
Monday Mar 6, 2017
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
We had some more awesome dives at Half Moon Caye Wall and Long Caye Wall. We saw pretty much everything! There were a few shark sightings…Caribbean Reef shark, Silky shark, and nurse sharks. We also saw a friendly hawksbill turtle and a very old and massive loggerhead turtle. There were lots of barracuda, Southern stingrays, Nassau groupers, black groupers, and green morays. We saw both a green moray and a goldentail moray out free swimming. We also found a large eye toadfish and a parrotfish snuggled together in the same hiding spot. There were also some other cool finds of things hiding in plain sight, like neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, scorpionfish, and lettuce sea slugs. Another cool thing was being swarmed by Creole wrasse on several of the dives, also watching them swim down the wall looked like and underwater waterfall.
Tuesday Mar 7, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole & Nurse Shark Ridge
Our first stop was to one of Belize’s World Heritage sites…the Great Blue Hole. We dropped down the wall until we saw the massive stalactites down below, and spend a few minutes exploring before heading back up. At nurse shark ridge the neck crabs, squid, and lettuce sea slugs were plentiful. We also saw a hawksbill turtle, and spent about 15 minutes watching a green turtle swim around on the night dive.
Wednesday Mar 8, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral & Long Caye Ridge
Today we got a visit from a small pod of dolphins! They were dive bombing down around the divers and being very playful. We also saw an ancient looking loggerhead, it was amazing to have been able to swim along next to this beautiful creature. Actually, we saw 2 loggerheads on dives today, and had one pop up on the surface around the boat. The dolphins were also swimming around. Down the wall a pair of Eagle rays glided past a couple of our guests. There was also a massive nurse shark sleeping in a crevice.
Thursday Mar 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves
More turtle encounters today as soon as we dropped in, there was a loggerhead below the boat, we played around with a friendly hawksbill, and then a green sea turtle swam by. We saw a total of 3 loggerheads, 2 hawksbills, and a green turtle. Next we were approached by 3 Eagle rays gliding together in formation. Caribbean reef sharks were buzzing around and groupers followed the divers…lots of action today. In the shallows there were dozens of hogfish, lots of angelfish, and parrotfish. A huge barracuda hung out at the edge of the wall, and there were hundreds of blue tangs congregating…they must have been spawning, as there were easily over 500 of them together.
Friday Mar 10, 2017
Dive Site: Sandy Slope
Our final dives of the week were at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll. The week ended with more sightings of turtles and Eagle rays, as well as numerous groupers, barracudas, and a free-swimming green moray. There were several big lobster out on the reef, and schools of Creole wrasse floated along. We found several yellow stingrays and Southern stingrays on the sandy bottom, as well as hundreds of garden eels.
Congrats to Shelley, Gene, Alan, and Lisa on becoming our newest Iron Divers!
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!