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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
December 29, 2018 – January 05, 2019
Sea State: Light chop to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 10-15knots
Dive Master Monique
Dive Instructor Rocke
Dive Instructor Daniel
Sunday December 30
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope, Zipline
Our first dive day started off thrilling with divers ready to get in the water. Sandy Slope is known for its uniquely wide sand bed that slopes to the deep. This site is ideal for new and experience divers to become familiar with their diving equipment and complete proper buoyancy checks. This site however, welcomed us with tons of sea fans, huge barrel sponges, garden eels, southern ray and lobsters.
The remainder of the day was spent at Zipline. This site has scattered patches of coral that are home to so many colorful species of fish. We cruised its sloping wall and enjoyed a calm and relaxing dive. We even came across one of the oldest looking loggerhead turtle. It was so cool. On the night dive we had white spotted toad fish. These types of toad fish are endemic to Turneffe atoll. We also had squids, octopus and puffers.
Monday December 31, 2018
Dive sites: Aquarium & Julies Jungle
With slight East wind blowing we were able to dive the Aquarium. The name alone describes this amazingly beautiful site. Fish with so many colors and size swims about a shallow reef top. The wall here is really amazing and sheer. It is covered in soft corals and huge sponges. We spent some time with a hawksbill turtle that was unbothered by the divers. He was very photogenic and didn’t even stop munching into the sponges. Making our way back to the boat we had a free swimming moray eel gliding beneath us.
We head south of the area to Julies Jungle. The visibility wasn’t as clear on this site but the dive was still pretty amazing. We had spotted moray eels, lobsters, arrow blenny and puffer fish. On the night dive we had an octopus that stayed with us for a while. This was also the New Years Eve so we decided to squeeze in a dive before midnight. What better way to bring in the new years than playing with a nurse shark and a southern ray for the new year.
Tuesday January 1, 2018
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Long Caye Wall
For the first day of the year we headed towards the blue hole in the sunny glare of the morning. By the time we arrived, the sun was at a perfect location showing off all the stunning colors of the reef that surrounds a very historic beauty. We done our gears and slowly head down to 130 feet to experience swimming between these humongous stalactites formations. All the divers enjoyed this very much and came up talking about what they saw.
After the dive we went to the Halfmoon Caye to stretch our legs as we observe a nesting colony of over 4000 red footed booby birds.
For the rest of the day we enjoyed diving at Long Caye Wall. We had a moray eel checked us out on the dive. The wall is bright with soft corals a rope sponges. In the sandy area of the reef top we had an adult peacock flounder resting along with a hermit crab. On the night dive our divers were super excited to share their great findings. Octopus, squids, eels, lobsters, big channel crabs and a huge loggerhead that was 5 feet according to some.
Wednesday January 02, 2019
Dive Sites: Cathedral & Que Brada
On a nice and calm day, we started off our dive quest at Cathedral. This site offered us some very cool swim through. We took our time going through them and observing the marine life like clams and anemones that are tucked in the crevices. In a little bite we had up to ten huge tarpons hanging out in the darker area. On the reef top the colors were just amazing. The reef fishes and life up here was simple gorgeous.
We then head a little bit to the south of our previous site to Que Brada. As we entered the water we were greeted by a reef shark cruising under the boat. Along this nice sheered wall, we had brightly colored sponges that were occupied by brittles stars and gobies. Coming back on the reef top the divers were surrounded by a ribbon of creole wrasse, too many to count. Big barrel sponges offered home to blue stripe gobies and a cool spotted eel relax at the base of the sponges. We also saw several lobsters, schooling snappers and a shy porcupine fish. On the night dive we had a few squids, couple octopus entertaining us, puffers, lobsters and free swimming eels. Today was a great day.
Thursday January 03, 2018
Dives Sites: Painted Wall & Hat Caye Wall & Amberhead South
The amount of brightly colored fish we saw on the surface at Painted wall made us all excited to start our day. From the moment we started to descend we were surrounded by Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers and black durgons. We dropped down the wall and cruised above a reef shark. Along the wall we had neck crabs, lobsters, lion fish and spotted eels. On the reef top we saw white spotted file fish, trumpet fish and tons of reef fish.
The first afternoon dive was done at Hat Caye wall. This site gave us enough sandy area to spend some time with peacock flounder, sand tile fish, southern ray and yellow head jaw fish. Along the nice coral formations, we had crabs, shrimps in tube sponges, really colorfully rope sponges and soft corals. On the reef top we found a scorpion fish completely camouflaged. As we were ending the dive we saw couple barracudas hanging out under our boat.
At this time, set sail over to Turneffe atoll to do our final night dive for the week at Amberhead South. We found white spotted toad fish, octopus, peppermint shrimps, puffers and eels
Friday January 4, 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
The first dive for today was a dawn dive. We got a chance to experience night critters going to sleep and day creatures starting to wake up. Creole wrasses were schooling and parrotfishes started to graze on the reef. On the next dive we had thick schools of creole wrasse feeding in the water column, a cruising nurse shark, yellow rays, banded coral shrimps and peacock flounder. The week ended well with so many critters that bid us farewell.
Congratulations to our Iron Divers Lisa, Evy, Marla. They were undefeated in doing all the dives offered this week.
Huge thank you to all the other divers on board. We hope everyone had a great time.
Captain and Crew