*Roatan Aggressor Captains log December 9-16, 2017
*Air Temp. 82-85F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 40-75 Ft.
* Wetsuit req. 3-5 mm full or shortie
Sunday –, Pirate’s Point Mr. Bud,
Monday – Calvin’s Crack, Virginia’s Wall
Tuesday – Virginia’s Wall, Calvin’s Crack
Wednesday – Cara A Cara, Mary’s Place
Thursday Cayos Cochinos seamounts, Toon town
Friday – 40’ Wall
We are happy to welcome 17 guests from the United States, Canada & Norway. It’s great to see so many new faces, as well as, some familiar ones, here on the Roatan Aggressor. After everyone set up their gear and got acquainted, we had a delicious BBQ meal and then everyone went to their cabins for some well-needed rest.
Pirate’s Point is beautiful sights with a sloping sand chute that is its trademark. Two green eels, several spotted drum and schooling reef fish were seen. The wreck of Mr. Bud was our second dive of the charter. This wreck is a medium sized lobster/shrimp boat that was sunk as an artificial reef. The site is teeming with sea life. The group saw lobster, large channel crab, , green moray feeding on a lion fish, corkscrew anemone, cleaner shrimp, white anemone, banded coral shrimp, and hundreds of silversides. The night dive had all the players; Crabs, lobster, shrimp and octopuses. What a great way to end a great day of diving,
We started the day at Calvin’s Crack. This sight is known for its large crevice that starts at 30’ and descends to about 80’. All the guests joined dive master Willie into the crack and followed him to the large opening on the wall. We found the resident sea horse that was cruising around the sea floor. Also, a spotted eagle ray was seen cruising off the wall. What a great sight. After taking lots of great pics & video the group explored the remaining shallows of the dive site. 2 large mantis shrimps were also seen. The afternoon sight was Virginia’s Wall. This site is at the very east end of the island and is not visited by many divers. Toni spotted a beautiful yellow seahorse. Several curious green eels were seen, and one spotted eel. Joanne & Alan saw a huge school of Atlantic spade fish. The night dive gave way to crabs, lobster, 2 sea horses and yes an octopus.
The weather was a little unsteady so we by popular demand we decided to stay and do two more dives at Virginia’s Wall. All guests were glad we did. Two eagle rays were seen. One was off the wall and one was feeding in the sand. A spotted drum, lots of creole wrasse, green morays. We then went west and returned to Calvin’s
Crack. Again it was a wonderful dive. A corkscrew anemone, Pederson shrimp, arrow crab, mantis shrimp, pistol shrimp and to top it off, a small golden seahorse were seen. The weather turned for the worse, so we headed to safe harbor. We then enjoyed one of Chef Jana’s wonderful dinners and all got some rest.
Wednesday morning the wind subsided so we went offshore to do the shark dive at Cara a Cara. There was a brisk current but all divers descended to the sandy bottom to view these majestic animals. There were between 8-10 grey reef sharks. The girls put on a great show while several large groupers looked curiously on. We stayed down for about 40 minutes then returned to the yacht for some of Chef Jana’s boat made hot cinnamon rolls. The next site was the famous, Mary’s Place. It is known for its cuts, cracks and crevices. The divers saw turtles a spotted eel, arrow blenny, mantis shrimp, sharp tail eel, schooling creole wrasse & sergeant majors. The night dive gave way to the usual suspects; crabs, lobster & octopuses. Great night dive.
1st up was Cayos Cochinos seamounts These two pinnacles come up from the depths to within 45ft from the surface and is a haven for pelagic critters and beautiful coral life. The current was moving at a pretty good pace so we did one mother ship & one drift dive on the sea mounts. With current comes great sea life activity. Turtles, schools of jacks, barracudas, spiny flower coral and crabs were seen. We then cruised into Cayos Cochinos to Toon Town. This site got its name from its abundance of tunicates. Some of the most colorful sea life in the Bay Islands is found here. Lots of anemones, blue bell tunicates & sea life were seen.
We woke up early and headed back to Roatan. Two more dives at 40’ Wall and it was time to head back to port and start cleaning up dive gear.
Saturday came way too fast and it was time to say good-bye. Congratulations to our iron divers: Faustyn, Clint & Rama & also the newest members to the green gas club; Roberto & Marius
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……