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BAIII Captain’s Log
Mar 18-25, 2017
Sea State: calm to choppy
Air Temp: 83F
Avg. Water Temp: 82F
Avg. Visibility: 100ft +
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructor – Ken
Divemaster – Tray
Deck Assts – Jadiel & Jason
Saturday Mar 18, 2017
3:00pm Guests board
5:30pm Safety briefing
6:00 Dinner is served!
Sunday Mar 19, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
Our first dives of the week were at Lighthouse Wall and Half Moon Caye Wall, in the marine park at Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. It was a great way to start the week with great visibility and nice weather. After doing the check-out for our dives, we headed down below to explore sand chutes, swim throughs, coral mounds, a shear wall, sand flats, and grass beds. Some sightings today included Southern stingrays, green morays, a loggerhead, sailfin blennies, garden eels, friendly Angelfish, schools of blue and midnight parrotfish, razorfish, and some squid hanging out at the safety stop.
Monday Mar 20, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral & Chain Wall
On Monday we explored Cathedral and Chain Wall. Two completely different layouts, but both were teeming with fish. We saw a huge eagle ray, reef sharks, nurse shark, indigo hamlets, a pair of loggerheads, a stingray hiding under sand, spotted moray, flounder, lobsters, and a reef system with thousands of fish. There seemed to be schools of fish intermingling with each other…blue tangs in the hundreds, tons of porgies, groups of Queen Angelfish, schools of parrotfish, thousands of Creole wrasse and bar jacks, Sergeant majors wherever you looked, black durgeons zig zagging, and sharpnose puffers were absolutely everwhere! We also saw lots of groupers and barracuda, and a striped toadfish. To finish it off, after the dives, we saw a turtle on the surface.
Tuesday Mar 21, 2017
Dive Site: Blue Hole & Long Caye Ridge
The world famous Blue Hole was the first stop today. We took a group of divers to explore massive stalactites formed high above ground but now down deep below the surface. Next we took a water taxi over to Half Moon Caye Natural Monument to explore the island. This caye is home to a colony of 4000 Red Footed Booby birds and Magnificent Frigate birds. You can also see spiny tailed iguana and toed gecko, as well as dozens of land hermit crabs on the trail. After our excursion, it was back to the boat for cheeseburgers in paradise, then an afternoon of diving at Long Caye Ridge. On our dives today we must have seen more barracuda than anything else…except of course for sharpnose puffers, who were in the hundreds to thousands on every site this week. We also saw some turtles, eels, neck crabs, cleaning stations, tarpon, and big black groupers.
Wednesday Mar 22, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge & Long Caye Wall
Our morning dives were at Nurse Shark Ridge, which has some of the most amazing barrel sponges, and the afternoon site was Long Caye Wall, which is just an overall beautiful dive site with great reefs, a beautiful wall, and colourful marine life. We watched a free swimming moray out and about, counted dozens of lobsters, hovered with a school of tarpon, and looked for macro. We found several cleaning stations, and saw many different species of shrimp today. We also found some neck crabs, lots of blennies and gobies, flamingo tongues, painted tunicates, and lettuce sea slugs. We even found a large eye toadfish, and there were several sharptail eels. At the end of the dive we saw a nurse shark lazily swimming away, as a huge school of yellowtail snappers passed overhead.
Thursday Mar 23, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves, Grand Bogue, and Front Porch
Today we did 3 dives sites on 2 Atolls. Our first was Silver Caves at Lighthouse reef, then at lunch we headed to Turneffe Atoll to dive Grand Bogue and Front Porch. Today we also found the indigenous, but elusive spotted toadfish. There were also sightings of green morays, black groupers, a golden tail eel eating a sharpnose, hogfish eating a sea urchin, and lots of reef fish. We also had dolphins swimming along during the crossing.
Friday Mar 24, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope
The final day of diving gave us Eagle rays, green morays, lots of lobsters, turtles, barracudas, and schools of creole wrasse, mahogany snappers, grunts, and chromis. We also found several sargassum triggerfish. Today was the end of a great charter with a great group of people. We had some fantastic sunsets, and fantastic diving. As we got back to port, we were greeted by more dolphins!
Congrats to Sarah, Frank, Sabine, and Rocky on becoming our newest Iron Divers!
Congrats to Rocky on hitting his 300th dive!
Thank you all for a great week and Hope to see you again soon.
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!