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Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
February 23- March 2, 2019
Sea State: Choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 85F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 60-80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 13- 20 knots
Dive Master -Monique
Dive Instructor -Rocke
Dive Master- Jadiel
Sunday February 24, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julies Jungle
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. Its layout is ideal for new and experience divers to become familiar with their diving equipment and complete proper buoyancy checks. Our first two dives completed was welcoming with tons of sea fans, huge barrel sponges, garden eels, southern ray, tiny pipe fish, channel crabs, lobsters and moray eels.
During lunch we started our journey to Light House Reef Atoll. The evening and night dive were done at Julies Jungle. This site has several sloping sand channels that meets and continues down its slightly steep wall. High rise coral mounds on the reef top gave us a chance to hunt for small critters. We were lucky to spot banded coral shrimps, yellow head jaw fish, moray, sting ray and tons of small reef fish bustling about their busy life. The night dive was fantastic! We had a couple octopus, lobsters, free swimming spotted moray and a huge puffer fish.
Monday February 25, 2019,
Dive sites: Long Caye Wall & Site X
With moderate East winds blowing we stayed on the West side of Long Caye to have a more comfortable day of diving. Long Caye Wall was full of excitement. This site has one of the healthiest colonies of Staghorn Corals. These provide a home to the territorial damsel fishes, tiny crabs, schooling French grunts, blue chromis and indigo hamlets. Cruising in the distance on the reef top was a very shy Eagle ray. A few divers, however, did got a chance to see him.
We then ventured South to Site X. This site offered us enough sandy area to explore, along with some amazing highly elevate coral heads. We slowly explored and found peacock flounder, yellowhead jaw fish, barracuda, scrawled file fish, sail fin blennies and tons of colorful reef fish. The night dive was spectacular. We had squids, lettuce leaf slug, octopus, lobsters, spotted moray and pesky blood worms. Altogether it was fun!
Tuesday February 26, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Angel Fish Wall &Long Caye Wall
Our special quest for today started off at the famous Blue Hole. First explored by Jacques Cousteau and recently by his very own grand son Fabien Cousteau. This site offers historic privilege. We all submerge in its mysterious depths and cruised at 130 feet among the huge an unique stalactite formations. The visibility was phenomenal. It was a dive we will never forget.
Our extended surface interval was completed at Halfmoon Caye where we stroll along its interesting trail in search of the red footed booby birds. We also came across spiny tail iguanas and land hermit crabs.
We resume diving after lunch at Angel Fish Wall. This site provided us with sea grass, sand and a nice sheer wall. We considered our selves lucky for these dives. We were able to spot four different turtles including a baby hawksbill that was tucked carefully under a coral ledge. She was unbothered and allowed us to get close as she posed for our cameras. The grass bed was covered with queen conchs and hog fishes hunting for a quick meal, so was the southern rays with a single bar jack accompanying them.
Wednesday February 27, 2019
Dive Sites: Chain Wall & Painted Wall
To start of the day, we heard people who had just jumped in the water that there was a shark below. That was the beginning of what would be consider the sharknado dive. With all the excitement of up to 3 sharks cruising around, we were so distracted from enjoying the whole beauty of this part of the reef.
We ended the day at Painted Wall, which was a little different in that we definitely got the feeling of swimming inside a fish tank. We were surrounded by schools of Bermuda chubs, surgeon majors, and off the edge of the wall, we saw green moray eel swimming around, a hawksbill turtle, large channel clinging crab, couple of octopus, longhorn nudibranch, and spotted and spiny lobsters.
Thursday February 28, 2019
Dives Sites: Halfmoon Caye Wall, Aquarium, Quebrada
We started the day by heading over to Halfmoon Caye Wall in pursuit of some sharks we had seen in the area. Sadly, we were not successful as the reef seemed a little quiet for its usual buzz. Nonetheless, we quickly changed our strategy and started working our way toward finding the little fish and creatures. We saw some headshield slugs, garden eels, sailfin blenny, and small grass shrimps.
At Aquarium, we were absolutely thrilled to find eagle rays, reef sharks, and a couple of schools of smooth trunkfish. We saw no other choice after an awesome dive on this site than to do a follow up at Aquarium again. It proved fruitful when we saw a green moral attack and eat a damsel.
Finally, we ended our week at Lighthouse Reef Atoll by exploring a site called Quebrada where we saw schools of horse eyed jacks below the boat and tarpons that cruised back and forth from the boat to the wall. The day felt as it was feeding day since we found a spotted ray that attacked and ate a fish…. We finished the day with an exciting dive where we spotted some octopuses, tarpons, lobsters, and a baby nurse shark.
Friday March 1 , 2019
Dive Site: Amber Head South
After our crossing to Turneffe, we stopped at Amber Head South for our final dives of this charter. We plunged in at 6:30 am to see the reef come to life. There was a green moray tucked in underneath a coral head with a beautiful breathing pattern. As we cruised to the edge of the wall, we found a huge barrel sponge with a lobster looking as though it was just waking up from a restful night.
We ended this charter with 3 spotted eagle rays putting on a show as they bid us farewell. Congratulations to our Iron Divers John, Catherine, Cynthia, Mariano and Adrian.
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