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*Roatan Aggressor Captains log August 18-25, 2018
*Air Temp. 79-82 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 70-100ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5mm full, shorty or skin
Sunday –, 40’ Wall, Tavianna’s Reef
Monday – Dolphin Caves, Half Moon Bay Wall
Tuesday – Cayos Sea mounts, Eel Garden
Wednesday – Ted’s Pointe, Jack Neals, The Pinnacle
Thursday- Cara a Cara, 40’ Wall, Mr. Bud
Friday – Marys Place
We are happy to welcome 16 guests from around the United States. It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as, some new ones. A warm welcome to our dive group, “the Bubbleheads”. Also, congratulations to John & Rhonda, on renewing their vows after 50 years of marriage. Our guests sampled the Chef’s wonderful jerk chicken & BBQ ribs on the sun deck. Afterward, everyone retired for a well-needed rest.
We started our day at 40’ Wall. This site is incredibly beautiful. Very slight current, great vis, & good light made for an awesome dive. A juvenile burr fish, several scorpion fish, schooling Atlantic spadefish, green moray, 2 courting squid & lobster were seen. There was also a yellow-headed jaw fish with eggs. Visibility was very good and a slight current. The afternoon site was Tavianna’s Wall. This site Vis always a guest pleaser. . We saw turtles, a green moray, a circular pelagic tunicate, southern sting ray, Nassau grouper, hog fish and lots of schooling reef fish. We saw yellow-headed jaw fish; sail fin blennies, schooling jacks, creole wrasse and a free-swimming green moray. The night dive was wonderful. We saw lobster, crabs and a variety of shrimps.
An early morning breakfast cruise put us on our first site of the day, Dolphin Cave.
This site is a series of cracks, crevices and tunnels that traverse the reef, winding its way into the shallows. All the divers took the tour through the caves. Yellow-headed jaw fish, schooling creole wrasse, anemones, juvenile flounders, spotted cleaner shrimp, squat lobster, snapping shrimp, Bermuda chubs, glassy eyed sweepers, arrow crabs, hermit crabs, juvenile spotted drum were some of the sea life seen. The highlight of the dive was on the return to the yacht after the second dive, a large majestic spotted eagle ray swam in front of several divers, making for some good photos. . A cruise over to Half Moon Bay put us on our afternoon and night dive site. The highlight of the dive was when Bill & Kathy spotted an octopus feeding sitting on a coral head, during the day! Groupers, another spotted eel, turtles and more turtles and plenty of nocturnal critters on our night dive including the ever-exciting octopus
We got an early start to make our journey to Cayos Cochinos. Our first site of the day was the seamounts. These seamounts rise from the sea floor to within 45’ of the surface. There were lots of schooling jacks, barracuda & creole wrasse. We also saw a nurse shark resting underneath a small coral head. We also fed a culled lion fish to a hungry grouper. After we did two great dives, we headed back to our afternoon site in Roatan, Eel Garden. This site is a sloping sandy bottom covered with garden eels. The top of the reef structure gives way to a sandy bottom in the shallows. A green moray, scorpion fish, spotted moray; hogfish, peacock flounder and spiny lobsters were all seen.
The yacht left Roatan in the early morning hours heading for the island of Utila. Our first post breakfast dive site was Ted’s Pointe. This site has a sloping sand bank with a mini wall and several swim thrus, cuts and crevices. The divers were greeted by a very friendly eagle ray, which stayed with the group for most of the dive. Other animal seen were: A green moray, yellow stingray, southern sting ray, hogfish snapper, tarpon, horse eyed jacks and to top it all off, a beautiful orange seahorse. We then moved west to our second site on the south side, Jack Neal’s. Jack Neal’s is a great site with several sand chutes and healthy, vibrant corals. Several guests decided to snorkel and saw a host of different sea life. Selection of some of the critters seen were: a furcate spider crab, sharp tailed eel, upside down jellyfish, arrow crabs, corkscrew anemones, peacock flounder, a large barracuda and finally a rather large black seahorse. The final site of the day was, The Pinnacle. This site is known for its swim thrus and of course, a large pinnacle. A large free-swimming green moray was spotted by Bill & Kathy @ 80’. Several juvenile trunkfish, a spotted drum, a purple spotted sea goddess (nudibranch), and schools of creole wrasse were seen. After the last dusk dive it was time to stow the gear and head back to Roatan during one of Chef Milton’s wonderful dinners.
Back to the south side of Roatan for our early morning dive at Cara a Cara. A large black grouper, free swimming eel and a large clinging crab were seen. We then had a delicious breakfast back on board. The next site was the famous, 40’ Wall. This site is incredibly beautiful. Very slight current, great vis, & good light made for an awesome dive. Several juvenile trunk fish, scorpion fish, schooling Atlantic spadefish, a free swimming green moray, a large turtle & schooling Bermuda chubs were all seen. The highlight of the dive was when Bill & Kathy spotted the resident black and white sea horse, what a great find. We traveled west to Mr. Bud for the last 2 dives of the day. A yellow-headed jaw fish with eggs, mantis shrimp & a free-swimming eel were the highlights of the dives. A great day of diving.
We traveled west to Mary’s Place for the last 2 dives of the charter. Yellow-headed jaw fish & a free-swimming eel spotted scorpion fish and a school of reef squid were the high lights of the dives. Then it was time to head in and clean up all the dive gear. A little R&R then it was time for the cocktail party followed by dinner at Romeo’s restaurant.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Thanks again to our dive club; The “Bubbleheads” Special congrats to our Iron divers: Vanessa & Wanda. To see full list of sea life, check out picture of critter board on captain’s pics.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor……