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Belize Aggressor III Captain’s Log
Apr 13-20, 2019
Sea State: Flat to choppy
Avg. Air Temp: 84F
Avg. Water Temp: 80F
Avg. Visibility: 70-80F
Avg Wind Speed: 15knots
Steward – Vanessa
Instructors – Rocke & Daniel
Divemaster – Jadiel
Sun Apr 14, 2019
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Julie’s Jungle
Flat seas on our first day, which made it easy conditions for our check out dive. We started the week at Sandy Slope on Turneffe Atoll, then did our 4-hour crossing to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, where we did our evening and night dives at Julie’s Jungle. Today we saw free-swimming green morays, spotted morays hiding in the reef, lobsters, black and Nassau groupers, large barracudas, peacock flounder, pipefish, jawfish, garden eels, and schools of mahogany snappers and Creole wrasse. On our crossing, we had over 100 spinner dolphins swimming and jumping around the Belize Aggressor III.
Monday Apr 15, 2019
Dives Sites: Angelfish Reef & Half Moon Caye Wall
Today was a very exciting day of diving. We had some great encounters with some amazing marine life. First off, the groupers were very friendly and tagged along with us…Nassau, Black, and Yellowfin groupers. We also saw a huge loggerhead, and watched a green turtle for about 10 minutes as it was feeding in the grass. An eagle ray passed us on the wall, and Southern stingrays glided across the sand flats. Then there were sharks…Caribbean reef sharks were off the wall and in the shallows. The most exciting thing today though, was when we saw a Southern stingray suddenly dart of in a burst of speed, and a few seconds later a 9ft Great Hammerhead appeared over the shallows right below the boat. We got a good look at it before it slowly swam upward toward the surface then back down to the sand flats and disappeared in the distance.
Tues Apr 16, 2019
Dive Sites: Blue Hole & Hat Caye Wall
Our first dive of the day was down into the depths of the Great Blue Hole. We did a max depth of 130ft on this dive and swam amongst giant stalactite formations. Next, we headed to Half Moon Caye for an island excursion to check out the nesting grounds for a colony of 4000 red-footed booby birds.
In the afternoon, we jumped in for our dives at Hat Caye Wall where we spent the remainder of the day. Today’s dives were all about the macro subjects, except for the stalactites in the blue hole and a massive loggerhead that swam above us along the top of the drop-off. We found some tiny headshield slugs, secretary, rough head, and spiny head blennies, arrow blennies, wire coral shrimp, neck crabs, skeleton shrimp, lettuce sea slugs, a black and white nudibranch, cleaning stations with neon gobies & Pederson cleaner shrimp, and a bright yellow seahorse topped it off for today’s sightings.
Wed Apr 17, 2019
Dive Sites: Painted Wall & Long Caye Wall
The day started with a beautiful day and awesome viz as we jumped in at Painted wall for the morning dives. We saw 4 eagle rays, a very big porcupinefish, a loggerhead turtle, a hawksbill, an adult drum, green morays, and lots of reef fish. We were swarmed by Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, and Creole wrasse. Black durgeons, parrotfish, trunkfish, trumpetfish, snappers, and groupers were in abundance. For the afternoon and night dives, we hopped in at Long Caye Wall. There was another sighting of a gigantic loggerhead turtle…one of the biggest we have ever seen. There was also a pair of reef sharks putting on a show, another hawksbill turtle, several tarpon, lettuce sea slugs, a scorpionfish, and lots of neck crabs.
Thurs Apr 18, 2019
Dive Sites: Quebrada & Zipline
Thursday morning, we started our day diving at beautiful Quebrada on Lighthouse reef atoll, before transiting over to Turneffe Atoll to finish of our day at Zipline. On our dives today, we saw another huge loggerhead turtle, green morays, tarpon, a nurse shark, and lots of lobsters.
Fri Feb 19, 2019
Dive Site: Amberhead
We finished our charter with dives at Amberhead on Turneffe Atoll. The first one was an early one before breakfast, then we hopped in for our final dive of the trip before heading back to the dock. This morning, we found a white spotted toadfish, which is indigenous to Turneffe Atoll. We also found a conger eel, spotted morays, green morays, yellow stingrays, and lots of beautiful reef fish.
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Kristi, Keri, Gary & Doug
Hope to see you all again soon!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!