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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
May 12-19, 2018
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 95oF
Avg. Water Temp: 81oF
Avg. Visibility: 70ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef - Yanis
Steward - Randy
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Saturday April 28, 2018
3:00 PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:10 PM – Dinner is served!
The Captain and crew were very excited this week as we got to host of our President of Operations Mr. Wayne Hasson, along with our other distinguished guests Mark, Jerry, Mitch, Charles, Emma, We, Michael, Raymond, Timothy, Carsten, Gyorgy, Frantisek, Alicia, Anna. Jason and Jessica.
Sunday May 13, 2018
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Hat Caye Wall
Waking up bright and early to the shinning sun was like an indicator of what would be a great day of diving. Another week of exploring the off-shore atolls of Belize was about to start. We did our check out dives on Sandy Slope, which is known for its huge sandy area that is perfect for the final check on buoyancy, and equipment set up before hitting the deeper and more coral-filled areas.
The check-out dives would set the stakes high, as we had a once in a life time encounter with a manatee being looked over by two spotted eagle rays. We were also lucky to find southern stingrays, hawksbill turtle, lobsters and a channel cling crab in a barrel sponge. Overall, a very fruitful start of the dive week. It couldn’t have been better if we planned it.
We crossed over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and made our first stop at Hat Caye Wall for the afternoon and night dives. It turned out that the night dive was for sure a “squid and octopus dive”.
Monday May 14, 2018
Dive Sites: Aquarium, Chain Wall & Eagle Ray Pass
Bright and early Monday morning, we started off by exploring the west side of Long Caye before crossing over to the Half Moon Caye area. We had some great encounters with loggerhead turtles in both areas, and a very interesting sighting of them mating. The reef sharks also made this a superb day of diving, as we had several close encounters throughout the day. Groupers, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, octopus and eels were all part of the creatures and fish welcoming us through the day, which ended with an aggressor style cake for our newly certified diver Jessica.
Tuesday May 15, 2018
Dive Site: Blue Hole, Nurse Shark Ridge
Tuesday is regularly our Bluehole day, and it is always a serene and soothing passage through the patches of reef that decorate beautifully the varied hues of blues and aquas that make up the scenery at Lighthouse reef. The route to the mysterious sinkhole is usually a magnificent preparation to the deep diving of the Bluehole. Once there, we enjoyed spending time observing the stalactite formations that start around 110 feet deep.
After dive one, it was time for some island exploration, and for that we visited the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument to take a walk through the littoral forest toward the observation deck. From there, we admired this unique habitat that houses the great frigate bird and red footed boobies.
We ended the day at Nurse Shark Ridge, where we enjoyed the huge sponge formations that common at this site. We were thrilled to find many species of fish forming large schools inhabiting the top of the reef. It was a great opportunity to get some scenic fish photos, so off went the flashes and the shutters.
We ended the day with octopus, squids, lobster and long horn nudibranch on our night dive.
Wednesday May 16, 2018
Dive Site: Half Moon Caye Wall & Quebrada
With excellent weather conditions, we headed to Half Moon Caye Wall. The eager divers were ready to jump in the water and were gladly greeted by southern stingrays right below the boat. Some of our guests spent plenty of time just hanging around a school of silversides that where been stalked by some Nassau groupers, lion fish and barracudas. The excitement was for sure off the wall as the Nassau groupers, reef sharks, loggerhead turtle, and spotted eagle rays all passed by us to give us a quick look.
As we got back under the boat, a macro lens paradise awaited us, as we found some flapping dingbats, head shield slugs, pipefish, sailfin blennies and small grass shrimps.
The afternoon was all for relaxing at Quebrada, until a reef shark gave us a couple of visits. We also made a few stops to look at yellow head jawfish, and within close proximity of the boat, we found a school of horse-eye jack and seven tarpons that kept us quite busy.
We had an early dusk/night dive and then we were on for some wine and owner’s presentation!!
Thursday May 17, 2018
Dive Site: Chain Wall, Black Beauty
With such a diverse reef topography, we got to work early Thursday morning. The divers cruised along the drop off at Chain Wall, where they were greeted by resident reef sharks and the always friendly and curious Nassau groupers. These shark visits started with one individual shark and eventually climaxed to 3 of them continuously circling us. There were some spotted eagle rays, and hawksbill and loggerhead turtle that also stopped by to say greet us.
To wind down the week, we crossed over to Turneffe Atoll and made a stop on the east side, at Black Beauty which had very clear waters and allowed us to clearly see the very interesting individual coral colonies. We also got to see our only toad fish of the week on this dive.
Then we were off to Sandy Slope for the night dive. It was said, amongst the many murmurs at the dive deck, that this was the top dive of the week since we found lobsters all over the reef, octopus actively moving around as well as grass and arrow squids.
Friday May 18, 2018
Dive Sites: Amber Head South
Our final dives for the week were at Amber Head South. It was a great way to finish off an awesome week of diving.
Huge shout out to our Iron Divers Emma, Tim and Michael for making it through the whole week undefeated,😉 and a special thank you to all our wonderful guests for choosing to dive Belize aboard the Belize Aggressor III. Many thanks as well to Mr. Wayne Hasson for all the learning experiences he shared with us this week.
The captain and crew of the BAIII