Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Nov 25-Dec 2, 2017
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 84F
Avg. Visibility: 80feet
Avg. Wind speed: 15knots
2nd Capt. Jerome
Steward – Vanessa
Divemaster – Monique
Deck Asst. - Jadiel
Welcome Aboard Erin, Ashley, Wendy, Mac, Sylvia, Wolfgang, Maria, Klazina, Isabelle, Christian, Carolyn, Cameron, Justin, Markus, Serge, Flemming, Lucien, and Dominique.
Sunday Nov 26, 2017
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Triple Anchor
Our check out dive for the week was at Sandy Slope, where we remained for the morning before heading down to Triple Anchor. Both these sites are on Turneffe Atoll and we got some great dives in on these beautiful reefs.
Monday Nov 27, 2017
Dive sites: Black Beauty & Johnny’s Wrench
Today we saw lots of spotted toadfish. These fish are true locals of Turneffe Atoll and there have not been any reported sightings anywhere else in the world. There were also some very active green morays moving out and about around the reefs. Southern stingrays moved about in the sand below the boat just minding their own business. We saw several midnight parrotfish and rainbow parrotfish, as well as schools of jacks and Creole wrasse.
Tuesday Nov 28, 2017
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Quebrada
We had a fantastic day of diving at Lighthouse Wall and Quebrada. The reefs were busy with activity from hundreds of different species of fish. You could see several species of damselfish, hamlets, basslets, wrasses, blennies, gobies, snappers, parrotfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, angelfish, groupers…some very friendly. We had a Nassau grouper prob itself right up next to Wolfgang as he was taking pictures.
Wednesday Nov 29, 2017
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Chain Wall, & Half Moon Caye Wall
The Great Blue Hole was the first stop of the day. This dive is a unique dive as we drop down deep to look at massive stalactite formations that developed over thousands of years when the blue hole was a giant cave with fresh water flowing through it. It has been named a World Heritage Site and is Belize’s most famous dive site. Next, we went to Chain Wall for one dive, then stayed at Half Moon Caye Wall for the remainder of the day. On our dives today, we saw sharks, tarpon, groupers, Southern stingrays, an Eagle ray, several barracuda, garden eels, razor fish, and peacock flounders. We also found some macro critters in the sand and grass…several tiny grass shrimp, skeleton shrimp, arrow shrimp, and headshield slugs.
Thursday Nov 30, 2017
Dives Sites: Grand Bogue & Johnny’s Wrench
Thursday we were back at Turneffe diving at Grand Bogue and Johnny’s Wrench. The white spotted toadfish were still very active and we saw several throughout the day and on the night dive. Also active were the green morays, still moving around the reefs hunting. We found some big crabs, a hawksbill turtle, several Southern stingrays, octopus, spotted morays, black groupers, and Nassau groupers. We also found lettuce sea slugs and tufted nudibranchs.
Friday Dec 1, 2017
Dive Site: Black Beauty
On our final day of diving we hopped in at Black Beauty on Turneffe Atoll. We had 2 great dives to finish the week, with more sightings of the white spotted toadfish and green morays moving about. Because we did a pre-breakfast dive, we saw the transition of nocturnal critters calling it a night and the daylight animals waking up. We also found a cool black and white nudibranch sitting high on the reef. It was a busy morning with schooling Creole wrasse, mullet, and jacks streaming along like early morning traffic.
Congrats to our Milestone Divers Isabelle, Wendy, & Mac (100 dives), Maria (700 dives).
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Erin, Justin, Wolfgang, Markus, & Lucien.
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!