Belize Aggressor IV Captain’s Log
July 29- Aug 5, 2017
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 81oF
Avg. Visibility: 90ft+
Galley Assistant- Jean
First mate- John
Sunday – Julies Jungle, Eagle Ray Wall
Monday – Half Moon Caye, Long Caye Ridge
Tuesday – Painted Wall, Dos Chicas
Wednesday – Cathedral, Long Caye Wall
Thursday – Chain Wall, Silver Caves
Friday – Sandy Slope
Saturday July 29, 2017
Another week on the Belize Aggressor IV started with a warm welcome on board to our esteemed repeat visitors Kem, Mike, Catherine, Brian, Sarah and new guests Alan, Sylvie, Ben, Treva, Charles, Hayley, Kelley, Linda, Nicole, Zack and Roy
Sunday July 30, 2017
After a detailed deck and dive briefing, we were all excited to start our dive week aboard the Belize Aggressor IV. With the beautiful clear skies and the nicely formed spurs and grooves formation of Julie’s Jungle, our divers were welcomed to paradise by a slender file fish tucked in between the gorgonians, a pipe fish peeking from between some rocks, a scorpion fish at the base of a barrel sponge and even a clown crab.
After some surface time and an adjustment of weights, we submerged again to explore a some more around this underwater jungle. Soon enough, a spotted eagle ray cruised by to show off its spot patterns while a photogenic Caribbean reef shark made its appearance for his minute of fame amongst our divers.
For the afternoon and night dives, we moved over to Eagle Ray Wall. Our guests were delighted to see a free swimming green moray eel, along with some tarpons, wire coral shrimp, balloon fish, porcupine puffer, spotted eagle rays, octopus and a spotted moray eel.
Monday July 31, 2017
We started off early Monday morning with a bright sun and some wind to explore Half Moon Caye Wall, where we saw a variety of fish and creatures that included reef sharks swimming up and down the reef, a turtle swimming in between our divers, some stingrays feeding from the sand bed, a pipe fish in the grass beds, and an abundance of conch right over the sand and grass bed.
The afternoon and night dives were equally as exciting in Long Caye Ridge, with a reef shark swimming right off the wall and through the cuts. Beautiful eagle rays swimming in pairs and showing of their graceful gliding techniques, schools of creole wrasse nibbling in mid water, octopus freely looking for its night hunt and a loggerhead turtle wedged inside the reef out for the night.
Tuesday August 1, 2017
Tuesday was an easy day for us as we decided to start the morning with a beautiful shallow and bountiful dive site called Painted Wall. We could have easily called this “the territorial wall”, as there was a school of blue tangs grazing and as it moved away, the last few tangs were chased away by the damselfish. This site’s rich and abundant wildlife enchanted our divers with schools of chubs hanging in mid water. Meanwhile, a yellow tail snapper followed the swing of the boat off the wall where were we spotted a big channel clinging crab, turtles, tarpons, eagle ray and huge groupers.
For the afternoon and night dives, we moved to Dos Chicas where once again our divers enjoyed the beauty of the reefs of this atoll. Like always, our guests loved the thrill of finding a reef shark off the wall, as well as a couple of nurse shark under the boat between the crevices. A few octopus, a lobster, squids and hunting eel also made an appearance.
Wednesday August 2, 2017
Waking up to a windy day, we looked for shelter right at the spot of the Cathedral dive site where we were tucked away perfectly and ready to enjoy the formations and fauna right below. It was the macro dive of the week and the wire coral shrimp we had seen on several locations knew it. The neck crabs, flamingo tongue, lettuce sea slug, skeleton shrimp and yellow head jaw fish were ready for their shots as well.
After that first dive, we were all ready to find the big guys again, so we moved over to Long Caye Wall for the rest of the day. Once again, we spotted a friendly reef shark that we had seen before; he greeted us and made several checks on all day dives. We found some turtles feeding on the top of the reef while angels grazed on their food scrap. We got to see octopus, snapping shrimp, squat anemone shrimp, and southern stingrays. But definitely, the nurse sharks ruled the dive on the reef top.
Thursday August 3, 2017
With a drop in the wind, we headed over to Chain Wall where we had about 90+ft visibility to see the large pretty sandy white bottom. As usual, we weren’t disappointed and we spotted a wide array of creatures including garden eels, stingrays, conch, hog fish feeding in the sand, hawksbill turtles, and a cordial reef shark that made occasional checks to ensure our divers had their photos and videos opportunities. Eagle rays leisurely cruised the wall, while razor fish displayed their disappearing ability, unquestionably making this one of our top dives of the week.
For the Afternoon, we decided to bid farewell to Lighthouse Reef Atoll with a crew favourite dive site, Silver Caves. With a hyped crew, our guests were eager to dive into the water, where we were able to see smooth trunk fish pairing.
Friday August 4, 2017
To finish off our week of dives, we greeted Turneffe Atoll by diving Sandy Slope. Our day started early morning at 6 am and right away it was filled with excitement. We spotted a small school of smooth trunk fish, southern stingray, decorator crab, slender file fish, and spotted moray eel. And with smiling flounders and happy customers we waved goodbye to a great week of diving.
We thank all our guests for choosing to dive Belize and for doing it on the Belize Aggressor IV.
Belize Aggressor IV Crew