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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Apr 6-13, 2019
Sea State: started choppy, seas were flat for several days
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 70-80F
Avg Wind Speed: Start – 25knots, finished 5-10knots
Steward – Randy
Engineer - Fermin
Instructor – Rocke
Divemaster – Jadiel
Sun Apr 7, 2019
Dive Sites: Zipline & Sandy Slope
We started the week with some strong winds, but that didn’t slow down our excited divers. We had some amazing dives on the first day. After doing our weight checks and getting settled in, we went off to explore the West side of Turneffe Atoll. We did our morning dives at Zipline, then headed to Sandy Slope for the rest of the day. Our divers got a treat on the first day when they spotted a huge loggerhead, a graceful and curious Eagle ray, groupers, Southern stingrays, barracuda, and green morays. We also saw some little critters, like pike blennies, flounders, neck crabs, slender filefish, yellow head jawfish, headshield slugs, and a pipehorse.
Monday Apr 8, 2019
Dives Sites: Triple Anchor & Hat Caye Wall
On day 2, we continued exploring Turneffe Atoll, diving Triple Anchor in the morning, then transiting over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for the afternoon and night dives at Hat Caye Wall. On the morning dive, there was a bit of a current, but visibility was about 200ft. We saw another loggerhead turtle, another Eagle ray, a pair of morays hanging out together, lots of spotted morays, tons of lobsters, several scorpionfish, and a huge whiptail stingray. Later at Lighthouse reef, we saw yet another loggerhead turtle and another Eagle ray, several flounder, green and spotted morays, 2 octopi, several squid, and some nudibranchs.
Tues Apr 9, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today we visited 2 World Heritage Sites…The Great Blue Hole & Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. On the blue hole dive, we go a little deeper to check out massive stalactite formations that grew over thousands of years when the blue hole was a cave high above ground. Next, we did an island tour on Half Moon Caye, where we checked out the nesting grounds for the Red-footed booby birds and the magnificent frigate birds.
For the afternoon and night dives, we hopped in at Half Moon Caye Wall. We had an amazing day of diving, first with the blue hole, then at Half Moon Caye wall we saw our first Caribbean Reef sharks for the week, as soon as we jumped in the water. They came pretty close and we got some nice pictures. We also saw a loggerhead turtle (we’ve seen them everyday so far), Eagle rays (seen those every day too), Southern stingrays, huge barracudas, and Nassau groupers that hung out most of the dive. We also saw hogfish, goatfish, bar jacks, sailor’s choice, Gray Angelfish, and blue parrotfish feeding in the sand. A huge school of blue tangs drifted in front of us. We also saw some cool macro…pipefish, juvenile trunkfish (hanging out with a spotted moray), headshield slugs, juvenile flamingo tongues, sailfin blennies, slender filefish, arrow shrimp, and flapping dingbats.
On the night dive, there were squid, octopus, nudibranchs, stingrays, tarpon, and we saw a turtle get bumped by a Caribbean reef shark.
Wed Apr 10, 2019
Dive Sites: Lighthouse Wall & Cathedral
Today was another day of the usual suspects…sharks, turtles, eels, barracuda, groupers, and Eagle rays, except we also had a pod of dolphins that swam by just before we hopped in on the dive. It was a beautiful day with great visibility and easy diving. Lots of critters to see and some great diving memories created.
Thurs Apr 11, 2019
Dive Sites: Aquarium & Long Caye Wall
One of the first things we saw today was a beautiful pair of eagle rays cruising along the wall. Also, on the wall, we saw a juvenile spotted drum, tons of trunk and trumpetfish, and colourful coral. We also saw a hawksbill turtle, free-swimming green moray, black groupers, and several macro subjects…skeleton shrimp, neck crabs, wire coral shrimp, and arrow blennies.
Fri April 12, 2019
Dive Site: Amberhead
The final dives of the week were a great send off…nice easy relaxing dives. There were free-swimming green morays looking for a meal, lots of groupers, lobsters, and barracuda. Several schools of fish, such as Creole wrasse, bar jacks, blue tangs, and sergeant majors scurried around, while schools of mahogany snappers, grunts, and schoolmasters hung out over coral heads.
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Donna, Lauren, and Tyler
Hope to see you all again soon!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!