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*Roatan Aggressor Captains log December 2-9, 2017, 2017
*Air Temp. 79-83 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5mm full, shorty or skin
Sunday – Tavianna’s Wall, Half Moon Bay Wall
Monday – El Aguila, Lighthouse Reef
Tuesday – Virginia’s Wall, Calvin’s Crack
Wednesday –Cayos Cochinos Sea Mounts, Eel Garden
Thursday – Cara a Cara (Shark dive) Mary’s Place, Mr. Bud
Friday – Pirate’s Pointe
Saturday December 2
We are happy to welcome 13 guests from around the United States. It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as, some new ones. Our guests sampled the Chef’s wonderful jerk chicken & BBQ ribs on the sun deck. Afterward, everyone retired for a well-needed rest.
Sunday December 3
We made the early morning cruise to the north side. Our first site was Tavianna’s Wall. This site is always a guest pleaser. We descended the wall and were greeted by two turtles. One rather large turtle had two giant remoras on it. We also saw yellow-headed jaw fish; sail fin blennies, schooling jacks, creole wrasse and a free-swimming green moray. The second site of the day was Half Moon Bay Wall. This is a great site with lots of different topography. Lots of schooling creole wrasse, a green moray a spotted moray, mantis shrimp, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, large channel clinging crabs and several large snappers were seen. The highlight of the dive was the return of “Bruce” our resident red-lipped batfish. Everyone got some great pics of Bruce to end a wonderful day of diving.
Monday December 4
An early morning pre-breakfast cruise put us on the wreck of El Aguila. This freighter was sunk years ago as an alternate source for diving. The wreck is rather large, spanning over 250’. Lots of places for sea creatures to be hanging out. The mast is especially populated with crabs, shrimp and other macro life. A hungry cabera snapper was seen chowing down on a bar jack. Our afternoon dive site was Lighthouse reef. It was great to be back to this site after weather prevented us from coming the past several weeks. A green turtle, neck crab, lettuce sea slug, porcupine puffer fish and several hawksbill turtles were seen, one that was tagged. A spotted eel and a feisty pistol shrimp were also seen. The night dive had all the players: crabs, lobsters & yes, octopus. A Great night dive.
Tuesday December 5
We then made the journey from the north side of Roatan to the south side. Our first dive site was Virginia’s Wall. It was a beautiful day at the east end of the Island. The diver’s jumped in with Captain Eddy in the lead. First thing they find is a yellow seahorse. Second thing they find is a toadfish. Also some nudibranches, schooling jacks and several free-swimming green eels were seen. We then went west to our second site of the day, Calvin’s Crack. Where to begin on this beautiful site? Toad fish, juvenile spotted eel, juvenile spotted drum, yellow-headed jaw fish, corkscrew anemone, pistol shrimp, and finally on the last dive, our resident orange sea horse. It was a wonderful day of diving.
Wednesday December 6
We got an early start to make our journey to Cayos Cochinos. Our first site of the day was the seamounts. These seamounts rise from the sea floor to within 45’ of the surface. There were lots of schooling jacks, barracuda & creole wrasse. Willie, our dive master, also spotted an Atlantic creole. The visibility was a little iffy, so we decided to head back to Roatan. After a wonderful lunch of Cheeseburgers in Paradise, we dove our afternoon site, Eel Garden. This site has an abundance of yes, garden eels. There were plenty of hog snapper, schooling chubs and several turtles. The night dive had the usual suspects; Crabs, lobster and octopuses.
Thursday December 7
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara. Cara a Cara means face to face in Spanish and that’s exactly what it was. 8-10 Caribbean grey reef sharks swam with the group and put on a great show for 40 minutes. We then had a delicious breakfast back on board. The next site was the world famous, Mary’s Place. Known for its cuts, cracks and crevices, it is always a guest favorite. We then did our last dive of the day on Mr. Bud. This is a small lobster/shrimp boat. Yellow-headed jaw fish, sail fin blennies, scorpion fish, spotted drum, creole wrasse and plenty of spiny lobster were seen.
Friday December 8
We traveled east to Pirate’s Pointe for the last 2 dives of the charter. Yellow-headed jawfish & a free-swimming eel were the high lights of the dives. Then it was time to head in and clean up all the dive gear. A little R&R then it was time for the cocktail party followed by dinner at Romeo’s restaurant.
Saturday December 9
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to our Iron divers: Cecile, Dan & Doug
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……