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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
July 28- August 04, 2018
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 82oF
Avg. Visibility: 60ft+
Captain - Jerome
Chef – Anna
Engineer - Fermin
Stewardess – Randy
Dive Master- Monique
Dive Master- Jadiel
Saturday July 28, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:30 PM – Food time!
Sunday July 29, 2018
Dive Sites: Amberhead South & Nurse Shark Ridge
We departed bright and early Sunday morning from Belize City. With new divers on board we were excited to start a new week of diving. We made a quick stop to Turneffe Atoll at one of our dive sites known as Amberhead South. This site offered both a coral and sandy area just perfect enough for a check out dive. In the water column below the boat we had a school of creole wrasse mesmerizing us with their sparkling blue color. Yellow head jaw fish peeked out from tiny holes in the sand and garden eels swayed from left to right. One the coral bottom we saw a small scorpion fish free swimming, displaying its bright purple pectoral fins that stood out among its well camouflage body. A lobster and a huge green moray eel was also free swimming along the see floor. It seems as if though everything wanted to be seen in action today. We were off for a great start!
After noon, we transited across to Light House Reef Atoll. We did an evening and night dive at a beautiful site called Nurse Shark Ridge. The soft corals on the reef here offers a lovely home for small critters and reef fish. We explored the high rise coral formations and comb between the cracks and crevices in search of marine life. We found lobsters frantically waving their antennas from left to right. We also came across decorator crabs, lettuce leaf slugs, banded coral shrimps, Pederson cleaner shrimp, snapping shrimp and a pike blenny. On the night dive we had a playful octopus and a couple squids. We spotted more lettuce leaf slug, as well as white spotted nudibranch.
Monday July 30, 2018
Dive Sites: Angel Fish Wall & Eagle Ray Pass
With little winds from the east we took full advantage and headed over to a protected area in the reef near Halfmoon Caye. This site is called as Angel Fish Wall. We descended over the grass bed and head south to the reef strip where the wall drops continuously in the darkness of the deep unknown. Cruising along the wall we had a couple of friendly reef sharks swimming to and fro. Friendly groupers, mischievous looking barracudas, a huge loggerhead, blue parrot fishes, queen triggers and white margate were some of the fishes that greeted us on the reef top. Near the end of the dive we had a lovely couple of huge grey angel fish. They were very photogenic. We were about to start our safety stop when two huge eagle rays swum really closed by us. This caused a lot of excitement. These magical creatures completed at least two circle around and in between us. It was like they were putting off a show for us. We eventually had enough video and photos to just put away our cameras and enjoy the moment. It was almost too good to be true.
The remainder of the day was spent at Eagle Ray Pass. Here the wall is occupied by a great number of soft corals and brightly coloured rope and tube sponges. The reef top shines with star, brain, lettuce leaf and fire corals. Among them also is huge sea plumes that are home to neck crabs and flamingo tongue. On the wall we had a free swimming moral eel and an Eagle Ray off in the deep. A baby blacktip shark, no more than two feet, cruised below us showing off its swift moves. On the night dive we had a couple octopus, squids, spotted eels, urchins and brittle stars.
Tuesday July 31, 2018
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
Today we carefully navigated in the inner lagoon of the atoll to the famous Blue Hole. We descended to the mysterious depth of 130feet to experience a once or twice in a life time occurrence. The stalactites formation hangs about thirty feet down from its ceiling and stretches about ten feet wide. We also had a friendly nurse shark checking us out. This dive was different and super cool. We did it!
We spent the remainder of the day at Long Caye Wall. The wall stretches continuously from North to South. It has some portions of the reef that stretches out and cave in. The reef top is popping with colors from a variety of hard and soft corals, along with sponges and so many tiny reef fish. Schools of Bermuda chubs and horse eye jacks gathers under the boat. As the sun started to set, we had large tarpons cruising along with us as well. On the dives we had a resting hawksbill turtle, a very huge school of bar jacks on the run, five eagle rays all together at once, lobsters, cleaner shrimps and a huge ocean trigger fish guarding its eggs on the sand. The night dive was full of life. We had tons of baby squids, large squids, octopus, tarpons hunting and lobsters walking in the open.
Wednesday August 01, 2018
Dive Sites: Aquarium & Painted wall
Today we spent a couple dives on the north part of Long Caye at a site called Aquarium. The reef here is full of life, hence the name. There are massive areas of soft Corals that provides a nursery for countless smooth trunkfish of all size. The wall has a wide spread of black corals that opens into the constant flow of a light current. On these we found tons of decorator crabs capturing any food particles that comes into reach. We were accompanied by a humongous Black grouper that had a school of little bar jacks following him like a teacher and her students on a quest. There were also lobsters, crabs, shrimps and schools of Bermuda chubs, black durgons and yellow tail snappers.
For the afternoon and night dive, we headed to Painted Wall. Schooling jacks started to gather under the boat. The shallow reef top provided enough sandy area in which we found pike blennies and yellow head jaw fish. Off the sheer wall there was a little hawksbill turtle munching on some sponges. He remained unbothered which allowed us to take photos and videos of him. This wall is full of rope sponges that stretches up to 10 feet in length and varies in colors. Among some of the soft corals we were able to spot some arrow blennies. We also had Tarpons, durgons, yellowtail snappers and sergeant majors. On the night dive we had squids, octopus and crabs.
Thursday August 02, 2018
Dive Sites: Halfmoon Caye Wall & Quebrada
With little winds we made our way over to Halfmoon Caye Wall. Before breakfast was over we had a pod of dolphins playing at the back of the boat. We all put everything on halt and enjoyed the performance. We resumed after. The site provided us with a nice grass bed, sand bed and a continuous stretch of reef. With all these we descended on our expedition. Along the wall we had cruising black tip sharks and spotted eagle rays. Southern sting rays hunted in the sandy area, each with a bar jack hovering over there head waiting for them to come across something to eat. The grass bed was covered with Queen Conchs since it was in the Marine Protected area.
We made our way back behind Long Caye at a site called Quebrada. One thing we love about this site is that it has some really huge barrel sponges that are occupied by little neon gobies. There are a couple large sand beds that provided a lovely home for peacock flounders, yellow head jaw fish and sand tilefish. The wall is covered in soft corals and bright tube sponges. We spotted a turtle under a coral head relaxing from a day’s activity. On the night dive we had a couple squids, octopus, lettuce leaf slug, big crabs lobsters and a reef shark.
Friday August 03, 2018
Dive Sites: Triple Anchor & Amber head North
For the last dives of the week, we headed over to Turneffe atoll at Triple Anchor and Amber head North. We were able to sea southern sting rays, lobsters walking out in the open, lobsters hiding in barrel sponges, yellow head jawfish with eggs in their mouth, and a spotted eel. We were lucky enough to photographed a spotted toad fish. These fishes are endemic to Belize.
We sincerely thank all our divers for a great week of diving. To our iron divers John, Carl, Collin, Francois, Masa and Dean, we would like to say congratulations for being undefeated.
It was truly an amazing week of diving.
Captain and Crew of Belize Aggressor III