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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
May 6-13, 2017
Sea State: flat to choppy
Air Temp: 87F
Water Temp: 82F
Stewardess – Vanessa
Instructors – Daniel, Jerome
Engineer – Ken
Deck Asst. – Jadiel
This week we had the pleasure of diving with Abyss Scuba and Travel from Colorado. Welcome Aboard Cindy, Regan, Bart, Mary, Brant, Nikki, Dennis, Shelley, Eric, Orr, Woody, Shane, Pat, Lee, Rex, Rhawlene, and Susan
Saturday May 6, 2017
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00PM – Dinner is served!
Sunday May 7, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
We woke up to flat seas and clear waters for our first day of diving. After getting our weights sorted, we hopped in for our dives at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll, which would turn out to be an amazing start to the week. We did our crossing over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll at lunch time for our afternoon and night dives at Julie’s Jungle. Our sightings today included Eagle Rays, sargassum triggerfish, green morays, spotted morays, toadfish, flounder, yellow head jawfish, garden eels, groupers, turtles, barracuda, huge crabs, and lots of lobsters. The highlight of the dive was a visit from a manatee that stopped by at Sandy Slope on the first dive of the day.
Monday May 8, 2017
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today was another beautiful, sunny day and the visibility was great! We had some exciting dives at Chain Wall and Half Moon Caye Wall, with a lot of shark action. We also had a green turtle swimming along with the guests, then an Eagle ray swam right through the group of divers. There were also several Southern stingrays in the sand, countless garden eels, and razorfish, friendly groupers, lots of Angelfish, and parrotfish, schools of Creole wrasse and jacks, and several gigantic barracuda. Also, it was cool to see a large Nassau grouper and massive green moray hunting on the reef alongside each other.
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
Today we visited two World Heritage Sites, the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. It was a gorgeous sunny day, with beautiful skies and great visibility. At the blue hole, we dropped down to see massive stalactite formations that descend down to the depths below. At Half Moon Caye, we did a little island excursion to check out turtle nesting grounds as well as the nesting grounds for the Red-footed booby birds and Magnificent frigate birds. Next, we came back to the boat for cheeseburgers in paradise, then it was siesta time before the afternoon dives.
We spent the rest of the day diving at Long Caye Wall, where we had awesome afternoon and night dives. Before we went in the water, we saw a huge pod of bottlenose dolphins swimming on the surface. On the dives, we saw some hawksbill turtles, green morays, spotted morays, lettuce sea slugs, lettuce leaf slugs, neck crabs, hairy clinging crabs, lobsters, octopi, squid, slipper lobsters, sharptail eel, a nurse shark, and lots of other reef fish.
Wednesday May 10, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Silver Caves
It was another great day of diving on Lighthouse Reef Atoll. We did Lighthouse Wall in the morning, then Silver Caves for the afternoon and night dives. Our day started with sightings of Caribbean Reef sharks, friendly groupers, huge barracudas, and Southern stingrays. We saw 3 gigantic green morays out free-swimming along the reef. As we cruised the wall, a little hawksbill turtle came around, then swam off. We were looking for neck crabs and scorpionfish, and found several neck crabs and 2 scorpionfish, so that was a success! At a cleaning station, there was a flounder hiding in the sand in front of a corkscrew anemone full of Pederson cleaning shrimp and pistol shrimp. While looking for those, we also found skeleton shrimp, arrow blennies, and lettuce sea slugs.
Thursday May 11, 2017
Dive Sites: Long Caye Ridge & Painted Wall
Today was Eagle Ray Day! We saw at least 10 total. We got up close and personal with 2 eagle rays on the morning dive, then saw another pair off the wall. On the afternoon dives we saw 4 cruising down the wall together and then a pair of huge Eagle rays on the top of the wall in the shallows. They were not shy, and kept circling around…AWESOME!!! As we swam along the wall, we saw a pair of green morays swimming alongside the divers before disappearing in the reef. There were also tons of lobsters, a big scorpionfish, a lazy nurse shark, lettuce sea slugs, neck crabs, sailfin blenny, adult spotted drum, and lots of different colourful reef fish buzzing about the corals. We also saw schools of horse-eye jacks, sergeant majors, Bermuda chubs, Creole wrasse, blue tangs, parrotfish, and black durgeons. The visibility in the water today was easily 200ft.
Friday May 12, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge & The Elbow
Today we started early with a pre-breakfast dive at 6AM, then travelled over to the Southern tip of Turneffe Atoll to dive The Elbow. We had an exciting morning of dives and a great send off to our guests after a fantastic week of diving. There were Eagle rays, turtles, morays, Atlantic spadefish, groupers, and a huge school of dog snappers.
Congrats to Mary on reaching her 200th dive this week, hope to see you here on your 300th dive for more cake!
Congrats to our Iron Divers…Susan, Orr, Woody, Shane, Eric, and Rex
Happy Birthday to Orr! Thank you for coming to celebrate with us on the Belize Aggressor III.
Hope to see you all again soon!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!!!