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Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
November 24- December 1, 2018
Sea State: choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85oF
Avg. Water Temp: 82oF
Avg. Visibility: 60ft+
Captain – Jerome
Chef – Vanessa
Engineer - Fermin
Dive Master- Monique
Saturday November 24, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:30 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:30 PM – Food time!
Sunday November 25, 2018
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope
The beginning of a new and fun dive week started off around Turneffe Atoll at a dive site known as Sandy Slope. Like the name depicts, there is a huge sand bed at about 40feet which is perfect for our divers to become familiar once more with their dive gears or gain back that comfort from a long time out of the water. The first few feet of water had next to green color but as u descend the visibility increased. It was a pretty clear dive with a lot of fishy activities. Yellow tail snappers and creole wrasse were feeding in the water column, pipe fish slowly moving on the sand bed along with hermit crabs, conch, and southern sting rays. Among the lush reef were tons of juvenile fishes and eels tucked in holes. A huge Eagle Ray resting on the sea floor was our main highlight. It was soooo huge. The biggest weve seen. Behind him had a little remora waiting for its free ride. That was totally amazing.
We then zipped to Zipline our second site for the day. Divers were in awe when they completed these set of dives. They compared it to diving in an aquarium. It really had a lot of activities. Today was one of those busy fish days. We were fortunate to see a huge hawksbill turtle, southern rays, snappers, groupers and barracudas. On the night dive we were going nuts from the croaking of the toad fish. We did not find any but the hunt was satisfying.
Monday November 26, 2018
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Eagle Ray Pass
Today was calm and sunny. We did our morning dives at Painted Wall. We had a free swimming moray eel smiling for our cameras. He was very friendly. Two eagle rays cruised by us on the wall and huge tarpons hanging out in the darkness of the reef area. The reef top was very colourful with small sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers, Bermuda chubs and what we can call a flamingo tongue garden. It was amazing.
We dove Eagle Ray Pass for our last set of dives for the day. There were two free swimming moray eel and two nurse shark along with tarpons, Bermuda chubs and a huge black grouper. On the night dive we had an octopus entertaining us for a long while. He was dancing on the sea floor and hopping from sea fan to corals. It was very exciting. We also had three squids and a burr fish.
Tuesday November 27, 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 Angel Fish Wall. We hand light rains passing over making the dives a little dark. These set of dives were unusual. We found six octopi in their homes. It was totally awesome. Two lovely pair of angelfish grazed unbothered by our cameras. On the night dive we had couple octopus, southern sting rays, squids and jacks. Today was a great day.
Wednesday November 28, 2018
With light northern winds blowing we headed to Light House Wall to do our morning dives. This site has grass, sand and a narrow strip of reef that runs along the drop off. The afternoon dives were complete at Halfmoon Caye Wall with a similar topography like as the previous site. At both, we had enjoyed a cruising reef shark, eagle ray, southern sting rays and the friendliest groupers in the ocean. These groupers followed us like little puppies wanting to be pet. On the night dive we had tarpons hunting, southern sting rays eating and urchins grazing. We also found some reef squids and a couple octopus.
Thursday November 29, 2018
Dive Sites: Chain Wall and Long Caye Wall
We sailed to Chain Wall for an early start today. Entering the deep blue, we were greeted by schooling creole wrasse swimming along the steep wall. Cruising above and occasionally between us was a 6-foot reef shark. She was fat and pretty. Her eyes were mesmerizing. We had a couple groupers tagging along with us and plenty of colourful reef fish among us on the reef top.
Our last dives before we transit tonight was done at Long Caye Wall. The visibility was great and little to no current. We explore both north and south of the site. We found trumpet fish, lion fish, reef shark, moray eel and a lucky diver found a sea horse. On the last night dive of the week we went on a hunt for toad fish. We managed to find a little one just as the dive was about to be over. We also had a cruising nurse shark, couple octopus, sea cucumbers, urchins, basket starts and lobsters walking around in the open. This night dive was surely full of activities.
Friday November 30, 2018
Dive Sites: Amberhead South
For the last dives of the week, we headed over to Turneffe atoll at Amber head South. We were able to sea southern sting rays, lobsters walking out in the open, lobsters hiding in barrel sponges, a huge moray eel and a spotted eel. We were lucky enough to photographed a cruising eagle ray.
We sincerely thank all our divers for a great week of diving. To our iron divers Kimmy and Jim we would like to say congratulations for being undefeated.
It was truly an amazing week of diving.
Captain and Crew of Belize Aggressor III