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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Jan 12-19, 2019
Sea State: light chop to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 80-100ft
Avg Wind Speed: 15knots
This week we welcomed 12 guests for a fun week of diving. Welcome Aboard Felice, Karin, Deb, Kris, Sandy, Kim, Lena, Dan, Michael, Donna, Maureen, and Ron
Sun Jan 13, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Zipline
We started our charter on the West side of Turneffe Atoll at Sandy Slope and finished the day at Zipline. After we did all our buddy checks, weight checks, and all other checks, we did our check out dive and then went exploring. We had an amazing first day of diving, starting with a pair of spotted eagle rays. In the sandy areas, we found peacock flounder, yellow head jawfish, garden eels, pipefish, pike blennies, a pipehorse, and an octopus just hanging out in the open. On the reefs and drop off, there were schools of Creole wrasse, lots of snappers, groupers, barracuda, lobsters, and a couple spotted and green morays, and a very friendly baby nurse shark that was just hanging in the sand, then swam up to the divers.
Mon Jan 14, 2019
Dive sites: Lighthouse Wall & Half Moon Caye Wall
After leaving Turneffe Atoll the night before, we woke up at Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Since we had great weather, we were able to go to the South of Half Moon Caye and dive Lighthouse Wall and Half Moon Caye Wall. Another day of amazing dives, with lots of Caribbean Reef sharks. We also had a group of groupers tagging along on the dives…Nassau, black, tiger, and yellowfin groupers. We saw what was probably one of the biggest spotted eagle rays we had ever seen, as well as Southern stingrays. In the grass beds we found some tiny crustaceans, slugs, and a pipehorse.
Tues Jan 15, 2019
Dive Sites: Angelfish Wall & Julie’s Jungle
Today we had another great day of diving which started out with sharks at Angelfish wall, and ended with a huge Caribbean Reef shark on the night dive at Julie’s Jungle. As we dropped down, we saw several Nassau groupers, a Southern stingray, and then a Caribbean reef shark came over the sandy flats. We also saw a hawksbill turtle, green morays, tons of lobster, tarpon, permit, porcupinefish, and barracuda. There were also some little critters, such as, arrow crabs, arrow blennies, neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, wire coral shrimp, lettuce sea slugs, and slender filefish.
Wed Jan 16, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole, Chain Wall, & Lighthouse Wall
Our day started with a single dive to the world famous Great Blue Hole. Our divers descended to the depths to explore massive stalactites that formed tens of thousands of years ago when the Blue Hole was a huge cave.
Next stop was Chain wall, where we had fun with sharks! Four Caribbean reef sharks graced us with their presence and showed up several times during the dive. We also saw a hawksbill turtle and a pair of eagle rays. After that dive we headed to Lighthouse Wall to shelter from rough seas. Though we did a dive here earlier in the week, it was great to come back. We had more shark sightings, eagle rays, another hawksbill turtle, pipefish, peacock flounder, and Southern stingrays…oh and how could we not miss the gang of groupers.
Thurs Jan 17, 2019
Dives Sites: Grand Bogue & Johnny’s Wrench
We did an early morning transit from Lighthouse reef to the East side of Turneffe Atoll to dive at Grand Bogue and Johnny’s wrench. The day started with sightings of a nurse shark, green morays, spotted morays, yellow stingrays, and a hawksbill turtle. Then continued with more turtle and moray sightings, and a spotted eagle ray, a pair of scorpionfish, lettuce sea slugs, and two white spotted toadfish.
Fri Jan 18, 2019
Dive Site: Amberhead
We finished the week off with another pair of Eagle Rays at Amberhead on the West side of Turneffe. We also saw tons of lobster, some green morays, peacock flounder, white spotted toadfish, Southern stingray, and some groupers.
It was a great week with a great bunch of people.
Congrats to our Iron Divers: Maureen, Ron, Karin, and Lena
Congrats to our Milestone divers Dan, Lena, and Kris on each getting their 100th dive this trip.
This was a great group of people. Awesome dives and awesome company. We look forward to seeing you again!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!