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Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
November 17-24, 2018
Sea State: light chop
Avg. Air Temp: 83o F
Avg. Water Temp: 81o F
Avg. Visibility: 70+
Captain - Jerome
Steward – Randy
Dive Master- Jadiel
Saturday November 17, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15 PM – Dinner!
Sunday November 18, 2018
Dive Sites: Black Beauty, Nurse Shark Ridge
Our dive week started early on Sunday making our way toward our first dive called Black Beauty. As soon as we got to the edge of the drop off, we were greeted by a pair of spotted eagle rays. We continued our dive up the reef, enjoying every sight of living creature along the way, until we swam into a green moray eel and a couple lettuce sea slug. Further up, there was a nurse shark with a remora lined up by the edge of the wall. It was a beautiful sight that we all enjoyed. We explored one of captain Jeromes favourite sponges for critters. We continued the dive and we saw some spotted moray eels and a beautiful white spotted toad fish.
We made our way across to Lighthouse Reef Atoll to a site called Nurse Shark Ridge. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a huge whip tail stingray. Tons and tons of creole wrasse and blue chromis decorated beautifully the water and contrasted awesomely with the massive barrel sponges autochthonous of this site. Some of our guests were delighted Exploring the cracks and crevices of Nurse Shark Ridge. Unfortunately, due to the heavy weather that was over us, we cancelled the night dive and headed over to the night mooring. We still enjoyed ourselves with a good game of UNO, the never-ending-game.
Monday November 19, 2018
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall, Julies Jungle
The day rose with Light winds blowing and some scattered showers, but we were ready to jump in the water, and as we did, a couple of spotted eagles rays welcomed us once more. A hawksbill turtle wondered around the edge of the wall. A few of us hovered on the top of the reef, others did around the wall and got to see a couple of stingrays grazing.
For the afternoon dives, we explored more of the reefs spurs and grooves at the site called Julies Jungle. These types of dives are awesome to explore the top and focus on the smaller things, hence, seeing a lot of the little blue chromis, fairy tale basslets, creole wrasse was great. Even greater, though, was watching a couple of yellow head jawfish and our macro lenses were ready to capture these tiny ones. There were a couple of Peterson cleaner shrimps, and a couple of purple-crown sea goddess.
For the night dive, we got to see the how the life changed in the same reef we had just visited earlier. Its great to be able to explore a site like this and see how light changes what creatures we missed while others were awake. Its a very special feeling. Excitement hit when we found several octopuses and a long-horned nudibranch. Most importantly, it was more happiness being able to have our first dive of the week.
Tuesday November 20, 2018
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall, Cathedral
This day started off with plentiful rains, however, it didnt stop us from heading towards the "world famous" Half Moon Caye Wall. With his dive, the deck transformed from a relatively quiet place into a tumultuous one. We heard voices over voices talking about the experience of being followed by the Nassau groupers, and about the reef sharks that were spotted off the wall patrolling the reef. There were, once more, a couple of spotted eagle rays as well as a turtle.
Later, we went to Quebrada which is basically a crack in the reef. The visibility at the wall wasnt the greatest, so we decided to stay shallow and it turned out making a huge difference. Everyone enjoyed the colours, describing the site as a coloured coral sea garden. The biggest highlight of the dive was a massive reef shark that visited us towards the end of the dive.
Sadly, we had to skip the night dive again due to the weather, but enjoyed some social time playing cards with the everyone.
Wednesday November 21, 2018
Dive Sites: Bluehole, Long Caye Wall
As we had been hoping for clear skies, we got those and jumped quickly at the opportunity to motor through the coral heads toward the magnificent Bluehole of Belize. We couldnt wait to get in the water but had to wait to hear the very informative briefing from our dive master Jadiel. The thermocline made the dive more interesting, and after a few minutes exploring the stalactite formations, we slowly made our way up toward the edge of the drop off and to the top of the wall. The dive was over, but we were ecstatic to be able to see the entire blue hole from the top of the boat.
After the Bluehole experience, we headed to Long Caye Wall for the rest of the day. The excitement of the dives here centered around the school of horse-eyed jack below the boat, the very colorful sponges that thrive in this section of the reef, and two hawksbill turtles feeding on the sponges. For the night dive, there were octopuses, arrow squid, and the reef squids. It was a great day of diving with great weather, so we were happy campers, or rather, happy divers.
Thursday November 22, 2018
Dive Sites: Angel Fish Wall, Quebrada, Nurse Shark Ridge
With the nice light winds blowing and sunny skies, we headed to Angel Fish Wall. A slender filefish, Nassau groupers, yellow-fin snappers, were some of the highlights until we saw reef shark at about 40 feet below. Back on the shallows, the stingrays tried to hide from us in the sand, but our 20/20 vision gave them up. We also got a glimpse of a green turtle as we were close to ending the dive.
For the second dive of the day, we wanted to find clearer waters, so we hit Quebrada. Visibility was way better and made a huge difference in the outcome of the dive. The topography of this specific site is truly unique and coupled with the many colors of the corals and sponges makes this a most dreamy place to dive in. We were super excited to enjoy what our eyes saw from the reef and the little fish, but to top it off, we found, or wee rather found by, reef sharks and more turtles.
To close the day, we went to Nurse Shark Ridge again since we had not been able to see it during the night. We saw some slipper lobster, longhorn nudibranchs, and more octopuses.
Friday November 23, 2018
Dive Sites: Amber Head South
We plunged in at 6 am so it was a different kind of dive. Seeing the reef wake up as the sun rays hit the water seems to have some unexplainable spirituality attached to it. And a little reflecting on our days diving together is always a great way to close the week-long diving.
Congratulations to our Iron Divers Thomas, Brea, Craig, Gregory, Loretta and Karl, and to everyone else for being good sports throughout the week regardless of the inclement weather.
We hope to see you again.
Captain and Crew