Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
January 26- February 02, 2019
Sea State: Light chop to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 81F
Avg. Visibility: 80-100ft
Avg Wind Speed: 5-10knots
Dive Master Monique
Sunday January 27, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope and Zip Line
“Sun is Shining; the weather is sweet”. These words from Bob Marley defines how perfect our first day of the week started. We had two successful check out dives at Sandy Slope. All divers became familiar once more with their gears and diving practice. The nice huge sand bed offered us the cutest pipe horses, flounders, yellow head jaw fish and sand tile fish. In the water column we were circled by 5 huge Eagle Rays. The largest we’ve seen for a while. On the end of the second dive five huge Dolphins came to play with us. Everyone were super excited!
We motored south a bit to Zip Line. Here we had another two fun dives over a very coral filled reef. There were two huge green moray eel peeking out from cracks in the reef. Their mouths were opening and closing as if they were laughing at us in slow motion. We also saw another eagle ray cruising on the wall, schooling creole wrasse prepping to spawn and a few lobsters waving their antennas. So many small critters were spotted on the reef under the boat. Like; cleaner shrimp, arrow crab, channel crab, golden tail eel, pipe fish, flounder and yellow sting ray.
The weather got bad and the clouds looked ominous in the blink of an eye. Our night dive was cancelled since we had to motor to a different location in search of shelter from the strong winds, waves and rain!
Monday January 28, 2019
Dive Sites: Grand Bogue, Half-moon Caye Wall and Cathedral
Today started weather friendly! We had a very exciting day of diving. On our first two dives we explored the deep wall and sand bed of Grand Bogue. We had so much Horse eye jacks swirling above us in the water column, over 200 fish, it could be compared to a tornado (jacknado). There were at least three large southern sting rays covered with sand. A complete disguised! The smallest smooth truck fish was tucked in a hole on the reef and tons of colorful fish schooling above these corals head.
We motored to Lighthouse Reef Atoll during lunch and started our afternoon dives at Halfmoon Caye wall. The current was pushing us off the wall so we only managed to do one dive. However, we had a fantastic time with a green turtle as it munches on the sea grass being unbothered as we took photos. We spotted tiny flapping dingbats, a juvenile jack-knife no bigger than 2cm, grouper, barracudas and southern stingrays.
The remainder of divers were completed at Cathedral. The evening dive was totally awesome. The visibility was phenomenal and the reef fishes and sponges were colorful. We were lucky to have spotted three different types of turtles; loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtle. In the sand we saw flounders, puffers, flamingo tongue and numerous lobsters. The night dive was calm and easy with squids, octopus, spotted eels and many bright peppermint shrimps.
Tuesday January 29, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole and Long Caye Wall
With weather on our side, we took full advantage and head over to the Blue Hole Natural Monument. The stalactite formations that hung from a ceiling at 130 feet was undeniably outstanding. All divers were amazed from such an experience. The thought of knowing these formations were formed above ground centuries ago made the dive even more special. As we were doing our safety stop we came across a pair of headshield slug in the grassy area.
For an extended surface interval, we explored the short but interesting trails on Half-moon Caye in pursuit of the Red Footed Booby Birds. Along with these were the frigate birds, spiny tail iguana, hermit crabs and brown pelicans.
We resumed diving at Long Caye Wall and safe to say we had tons of fun on the two afternoon dives and night dive. The reef top was bright and colorful with an abundance of reef fish of all sizes, sponges, soft and hard corals. Several cleaning stations were occupied by creole wrasses and groupers. A reef shark cruised below us followed by eagle rays swimming in a circular formation as if they were dancing. We also spotted indigo hamlets, lobsters, scrawled filefish, trumpet fish and barracudas. The night dive was entertaining. We had toadfish, spotted eel, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, and slipper lobster, sardines, couple octopus and a reef squid.
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Dive Sites: Angelfish Wall, Barrel Garden and Hat Caye Wall
Today we had fun with a huge reef shark off the wall and also over the sandy area of Angelfish wall. We went on a hunt for octopus but only found their shell packed homes- empty! However, we managed to find southern rays, angel fish, blue parrot fish, hog fish, green turtle harassed by remoras, queen conch and spotted eels.
With the seas flat calm and the sun shining bright, we decided to do some exploration. We motored to the southernmost point of Lighthouse Reef and anchored for a single dive. We had some pretty awesome encounter with one of the largest school of permit we’ve seen in years. We also got some great pics. A nurse shark swum right up in one of the diver’s face leaving him with the biggest smile ever. We also saw a huge green moray, spotted drum, peacock flounder, sailfin blennies, smooth trunkfish, barracuda, southern rays and some very huge barrel sponges. We will call this new site Barrel Garden!
For the remainder of the day we had a couple great dives at Hat Caye Wall. There was a grouper and a bright green moray eel in the middle of hunting. The moray actually had a fish in its mouth that got away. He wasn’t very happy after his meal escaped. Along the wall was another eel free swimming, a scorpion fish, tons of reef fish, skeleton shrimp and a couple soles in the sand. These two were absolutely gorgeous and very cool to have come across. The night dive was claimed to be the best so far. We had a few octopus, baby squids, flounder, harlequin pipe fish, lobsters, sharp-tail eel, hermit crabs, spotted eels and a couple puffers.
Thursday January 31, 2019
Dive Sites: Light house Wall, Quebrada and Triple Anchor
Today started a little windy but the weather turned out to be great. We did the first dive at Lighthouse wall and the second at Quebrada for the morning dives. We saw friendly groupers, shark, eagle ray, turtle, hogfish, tons of reef fish and colorful sponges.
After lunch we transit over to Turneffe Atoll for the evening and night dive. We located one out of the three anchors that gave the site its name, Triple Anchor. On the evening dive we had a great time searching for toadfish. We were unsuccessful but found two scorpion fishes, lobsters, cowfish and some cool tiger tail sea cucumber stretched out from the bottom of some really towering coral mounds. The last night dive of the week was very mellow. We photographed several puffers, lobster, banded coral shrimps, lettuce leaf slug, sleeping indigo hamlet and creole wrasses, parrotfish, spotted eels and a gorgeous green turtle. Today was indeed marvelous.
Friday February 01, 2019
Dive Sites: Amberhead
Our week of exciting diving came to an end with two easy dives at Amberhead South. We did our first dive at 6AM and the second dive after completing a satisfying breakfast. On the dives we saw the endemic white spotted toad fish, yellow sting ray, indigo hamlet, burr fish, creaole wrasse, southern sting ray, yellow head jaw fish and creole wrasse. The week was superb!
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Josh, Cliff, Renee, Dave and Jenny.
Also, I would like to say Happy Anniversary to Cliff and Elaine.
Happy Birthday Jenny.
Thank you for celebrating with us!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!