Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Feb 24-Mar 3, 2018
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 80ft (some dives were low viz, some over 200ft)
Avg Wind Speed: 15knots
Instructor – Daniel
Divemaster – Jadiel
Sunday Feb 25, 2018
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
We started the week off with check out dives at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll, then headed over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll at lunch to finish the day off at Julie’s Jungle. Our sightings today included several spotted morays, a scorpionfish, garden eels, yellow headed jawfish, peacock flounder, lobsters, barracudas, groupers, schools of snappers and jacks, tarpon, permit, Creole wrasse, and Sargassum triggerfish. We also found some nudibranchs, squid, lobsters, and 3 octopi on the night dive.
Monday Feb 26, 2018
Dive sites: Hat Caye Wall & Long Caye Wall
Today we saw a lot of turtles…both on the dives and on the surface. There were several sightings of hawksbill turtles throughout the day on several of the dives. We found a bunch of lobsters hanging out together in a hole. A massive school of parrotfish flowed across the top of the reef, while a school of Creole Wrasse streamed along the top of the wall. Several tarpon were hanging out below the boat, along with horse eye jacks. We also saw white spotted filefish, trunkfish, trumpetfish, loads of snappers, and tons of other reef fish swimming around.
Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Quebrada
We had some exciting dives today, starting at Painted Wall for the morning dives, and then Quebrada for the afternoon and night dives. There was an awesome display from two Eagle rays…almost like they were dancing together. We then saw another eagle ray cruising over the shallows. There was a green moray out swimming along the edge of the wall, and a hawksbill swam above at about 15ft. We swam through schools of Creole wrasse, Sergeant Majors, Rainbow runners, and bar jacks. In the sand, a flounder rested, while several jawfish popped up and down…one had eggs in his mouth, but disappeared into his hole when he saw us.
Wednesday Feb 28, 2018
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today we had an amazing day of diving, starting with our descent into the Great Blue Hole. We dropped down to where massive stalactites hang down, a reminder of when The Great Blue Hole was a cave above ground.
Next, we went to Half Moon Caye Wall for the remainder of the day. The first thing we noticed as we hopped in, was the visibility…easily 200ft. We saw some garden eels, Southern stingrays, and razor fish in the sand as we descended. There were also schools of blue parrotfish, goatfish, jacks, and midnight parrotfish. Off the wall we saw a beautiful Eagle ray soar above us, and a Caribbean Reef shark circled a few times. We later saw another Caribbean reef shark swimming through the divers’ bubbles…I thought only dolphins did that. A massive loggerhead turtle swam past over the sand flats, and we found flapping dingbats and headshield slugs in the grass beds.
Thursday Mar 1, 2018
Dives Sites: Zipline & Amberhead North
After motoring from Lighthouse Reef Atoll last night, we woke up on Turneffe Atoll for our final full dive day. We had some great dives at both Zipline and Amberhead North. Sightings today included a very calm and friendly hawksbill turtle, a green moray out feeding and another just hanging out in the reef, several groupers, barracuda, squid, and some spotted morays. We also found a lined sole and a white spotted toadfish. Some lobsters were out on the reef and an octopus was hanging out in full view on the sand.
Friday Mar 2, 2018
Dive Site: Amberhead South
Our final dive of the week was at Amberhead South on the West side of Turneffe Atoll. We hopped in for and early one then one after breakfast. On the last day, we saw a hawksbill turtle, several sargassum triggerfish, channel clinging crabs, lobsters, stingrays, green & spotted morays, scorpionfish, and a tiny seahorse.
What a great way to end off the week. Looking forward to more great dives ahead.
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Suzi, John, and Tom!
Congrats to Tom and Grace on becoming Nitrox certified!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!