Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
January 13, 2018 – January 20, 2018
Sea State: Rough
Avg. Air Temp: 74oF
Avg. Water Temp: 78oF
Avg. Visibility: 60ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Dive Master- Monique
Dive Master - Conway
Saturday January 13, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:00 PM – Food time!
Sunday January 14, 2018
Dive Sites: Black Beauty & Johnny’s Wrench
After a cross over to east Turneffe and detail deck and dive site briefing we were ready to get wet!!! The check out dive was at Black Beauty and divers were encouraged to stay within Proximity of the boat. We were lucky to find a couple of lettuce slugs and some lobsters.
We moved over to Johnny’s Wrench for the afternoon and first night dive of the week. This would set the expectations high as some divers encountered a friendly Turtle and spent quite some time with it. An even friendlier and attention-seeking green eel popped up, which was a greater sight, especially watching them both eventually swim away.
The night dive brought us a couple of white spotted toad fish, octopus, a huge school of arrow head squids, lobsters and lettuce slugs.
Monday January 15, 201
Dive Sites: Inspiration, Half Moon Caye Wall, & Lighthouse Wall
Today as we descended to the bottom we felt as though we were dropping and hovering over a well-manicured lawn filled with flowering trees. We met a nurse shark, about 6 feet long, swimming swiftly as it looked for a resting place, and again as it laid calmly in a crevice of the reef. A couple of reef juvenile spotted drums also got our attention as both made their beautiful number 8 swimming patterns. Amongst other creatures, we saw more lobsters, chanel clinging crabs and lettuce slugs.
The afternoon dives were at Half Moon Caye Wall and Lighthouse Wall. A light current running off the wall forced us to stay on top of the reef. We managed to spot stingrays, garden eels and a reef shark. Lighthouse Wall was an exciting dive, as we saw a school of bait ball while barracudas darted through it in a feeding frenzy. A couple of very friendly groupers also escorted us through the dive.
Tuesday January 16, 2017
Dive Site: Bluehole & The Notch
With a lightly clear sky, we headed through the atoll to the Magnificent Blue Hole of Belize for a little of deep diving exploration. With a detailed briefing and excitement to lead this dive from our engineer and divemaster Fermin, everyone got pumped up to hit the water. Again, the beautiful stalactite of this area was some of the main attraction for the divers.
The afternoon and night dives were both filled with life. Searching around and under the coral heads brought us to stare at stingrays while they relaxed on the sand bed. Then a huge rough-tail stingray aggressively feeding from the sand bed left the water too cloudy for our liking. We saw another nurse shark looking for a spot to rest until it did on the sand bed. We also got to see a spotted toad fish, a couple of octopuses hanging out feeding, a few lobsters grazing the bottom and a sharp-tail eel.
Wednesday January 17, 2017
Dive Site: Grand Bogue, Johnny’s Wrench & The Notch
Today we played a local game from Belize called “hop scotch”, as we moved around from site to site. We started the morning at Grand Bogue, exploring the big coral heads and sand beds north of the mooring which was the most excitement of the day; we were able to spend some time on the sand bed looking at the garden eels and slowly got closer to them as they got a little comfortable with our presence. A couple of furry sea cucumbers caught our attention; and as we moved toward the wall, a school of horse eyed jack swarmed around us and forced us to glide through the middle of the school. We ended the dive with a moray eel freely swimming below the boat.
We then stopped for a dive again at Johnny’s Wrench and then to The Notch for last afternoon and night dive. We had lobsters all over the reef couple and more white spotted toad fish, free swimming green eel and huge channel clinging crabs.
Thursday January 18, 2017
Dive Site: Front Porch
With cool temperatures and a windy day ahead, we were forced to take it easy doing a three-dive day. The first two boat dives and we were delighted to find a huge rough tail stingray laying on the sand bed looking so much at ease, without a worry about the intruders diving around. Eventually, we were too close for its comfort, so it shook the sand off her and left the site with a speed, only leaving behind a dense sandy cloud. We saw lobsters again, as well as channel clinging crabs sheltering inside of barrel sponges that were great models and setting for the photo enthusiasts.
The last dive of the day we had to make it a drift dive and were lucky to find a couple of “extra large” beautiful nurse sharks. We also found more rough tail sting rays, lobsters, and creole wrasse as well as tiger groupers.
Friday January 19, 2017
Dive Sites: Black Beauty
An early morning dive with fair visibility was the great to finish off our week. We spotted an elusive white spotted toad fish, hawksbill turtle still resting, lettuce sea slugs, and lobsters. Amazingly, we were treated to a spectacle of seven beautiful spotted eagle rays swimming in front of us. It was the best way mother nature could make up for treating us rough this week.
Congrats to our Iron Diver Tom!!!
The captain and crew take this opportunity to thank our guests for their wonderful efforts diving with the inclement weather that creeped up on us this week. We hope you do come back to Belize at a different time and get to experience the amazing beauty of our reefs. The Belize Aggressor III will be happy to host you again.