Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
May 20-27, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 81oF
Avg. Visibility: 90ft+
Steward – Randy
Instructors – Daniel, Jerome
Engineer – Fermin
Deck Asst. – Jason
Saturday May 20, 2017
3:30PM – Guests Board
5:45PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15PM – Dinner is served!
Another week on the Belize Aggressor III started by welcoming aboard repeat visitors Claudette and Markus and new guests, Matt, Julie, Patricia, Daniel, Michael, Vida, Danie, Markus, David, Jane, Fiona, Gary, Joel, Adrian, Colin, David and Allison.
Sunday May 21, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slopes and Julie’s Jungle
Our check out dive at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll was filled with excitement with jaw fish, scorpion fish, spotted moray Eels swimming freely and also sting rays. We then headed across to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and stopped at Julie’s Jungle for the afternoon and night dive. Sightings included lobsters, channel clinging crab and common octopus.
Monday May 22, 2017
Dive Sites: Nurse Shark Ridge and Long Caye Wall
We started off early Monday morning with a bright sun and some wind to explore Nurse Shark Ridge, where we saw a variety of sea life that included spotted moray eel and green eels, scorpion fish, tarpons, reef shark, flamingo tongue amongst others. The night dive at Long Caye Wall showed us a toadfish, sea slugs, longhorn nudibranch and very active tarpons.
Tuesday May 23, 2017
Dive Sites: Bluehole and Eagle Ray Pass
The Bluehole day was what you would expect to dive into the blue Caribbean waters of this natural wonder. We spotted some fire worms, French angel fish. We then headed to the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument for a day of exploration and relaxation for the newcomers while our other guests stayed on board to rest for a while.
After lunch and some time to digest our lunch we headed for Eagle Ray Pass. There, we spotted some banded coral shrimp, wire coral shrimp, eagle rays and a hawksbill turtle.
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Dive Sites: Painted Wall and Long Caye Ridge
Nice sunny day so we took advantage of that and headed over to Painted Wall where divers got overwhelmed with the amount of chubs and sergeant majors. We spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtle, and even dolphins! There were some lettuce slugs, channel clinging crab, banded shrimps, and porcupine puffer. After lunch we moved to Long Caye Ridge where the visibility was about 80 ft and were able to spot tarpons,
Thursday May 25, 2017
Dive Sites: Cathedral and Chain Wall
We started out the morning with a very nice flat sea with a few residual swells. But the water visibility was better than the day before and allowed to spot lettuce slugs, tarpons, a nurse shark, a school of horse eyed jacks, and abundant creole wrasse.
With the drop in the wind, we headed over to Chain Wall were we had about 100+ft visibility to see the big nice white sand bottom. As usually, the site didn’t disappoint and we spotted a wide array of creatures including garden eels, stingrays, conch, hog fish feeding in the sand, hawksbill turtles, and a beautiful loggerhead turtle crushing on a conch. Interestingly, this last loggerhead later on produced a rare sight after it speeded off toward a diver that was already on the surface, giving rise to an array of tales to be told with friends.
As the easterly swells started getting higher, we headed back to the west side of Long Caye to do the night dive at Long Caye Wall. It was again another great night dive filled with octopus, Caribbean reef squid, grass squid, as well as an abundance of sea urchins.
Friday May 26, 2017
Dive Sites: Silver Caves and Sayonara
Our first early morning dive at 6 am was filled with excitement at the sight of a small school of smooth trunk fish, spotted eagle ray, decorator crab, slender file fish, and spotted moray eel.
For the last dive and to bid and appropriate goodbye to our guests, we departed Lighthouse Reef to head over to Turneffe Reef Atoll and dive on the site rightly named Sayonara. There, we were accompanied by eagle rays almost throughout the entire dive, and also saw creole wrasse and blue tangs grazing all over the beautiful reef.
The dive with eagle rays as our guides was really a great ending to a great beginning diving the reefs of Belize with great people on board.
As always, we extend a warm welcome for your return to do it again with the Belize Aggressor III crew!