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Cayman Aggressor V
1st – 8th June 2019
Guests: Sam, Bill, Sheila, Marty, Jeff, Jeremey, Misty, Tony, Nola, PJ, JO, Craig, Kristi, Carl, Chris, Bob, Pam, Dennis and Marla.
Crew James, Kerry, Latoya, Ben, Oneil, JC, Rodel.
Water temp 81F; Air temp 84 to 88F
Saturday, we greeted the guests on the north terminal in George Town. As the guests boarded we started to sort out equipment and soon start to get to know everyone. After introductions and a safety briefing everyone was soon feeling very much at home on the Cayman aggressor v, excited for what this week had to offer.
We started out the week at our favorite site for a check out dive, the Doc Poulson. On this dive site we have a small wreck that is covered in soft coral where the divers got to explore for lots of small critters, such as flamingo tongues, Peterson cleaning shrimp, lettuce sea slugs and even a flatworm was spotted. We completed two dives at this site and on the second dive we checked out the wall the is very close to the wreck, on the wall turtles, moray and pufferfish were spotted. After two very successful first two dives we moved the boat to the next location. Still the west side of Grand Cayman, to a dive site called governors reef. This is a shallow reef system where divers found all sort of marine life, this included stingrays, large parrot fish, a moray eel, and schools of jacks. We completed the 2 afternoon dives and the night dive at this spot. After everyone was up from the night dive it was time for hot chocolate and hot towels to end the first day of diving.
Monday Kittiwake ov
Monday morning we moved the boat to the famous USS Kittiwake. This large wreck lays in the sand at around 65feet and the top at 30feet. The divers got to explore the wreck inside and out and also the wall that it lays against. We did both the morning dives at this site before moving onto the oro verde for the afternoon dives. The oro verde is a very broken up wreckage where lots of critters can be found. Along with the critters its home to a large number of turtles, mainly the hawksbill turtle. While on the dives around 6 different turtles where spotted munching on the coral that is growing on the wreckage and the reef next to the oro verde. We did both the afternoon dives and the night dive at this spot. During the night dive we found lots of lobsters hidden on the wreck along with some large channel cleaning crabs, spotted eels and a pair of drum fish.
Tuesday eagle ray rock/ angle fish
Tuesday, we headed to the south side of Grand Cayman to a dive site called Eagle ray rock. This is a slopping wall with some very interesting coral heads. During the two dives here, we had some large barracuda and snappers following us around and found some very small file fish and tons of different hamlets, including barred and masked. We also got a couple more turtles, and a stingray in the sand. After two dives here, we moved along the south side of the island to St Pedro’s castle dive site, however the swells and winds soon picked up making the visibility in the water very green so decided to head back to the west side of the island for the afternoon dives at Angle fish reef were the conditions were much better. During the dives at this site we got to have a very close encounter with a nurse shark who was sleeping in the sand as well as some more turtles and an eagle ray was spotted by one buddy pair. During the night dive we got an octopus out in the open as well as some more lobsters and crabs hiding in the reef.
Wednesday big tunnels/ bonnie arch / doc Poulson
We moved up the west side of the island to the north west point to a dive site called Big tunnels for Wednesday morning’s two dives. This dive site is a wall dive with lots of swim throughs and acheways cut out of the wall. It is also home to some very large elephant ear barrel sponge coral. On this dive we found more drum fish, turtles, stingrays and a few reef squid. During lunch we moved the boat over to Bonnies Arch for the two afternoon dives. This is still on the north west point of the island and has some very healthy coral growth. Another turtle came to say hello along with a few different schools of fish following us around. The current started to pick up on the second dive here so we dicided to move back to the Doc Poulson for the 5th dive of the day. On the night dive the divers explored the wreck and then went onto explore the reef around the wreck. Once they made it back to the boat it we ended the day with some more hot chocolate and hot towels.
We started the engines early on Thursday and made our way around to the north east point of the island to the dive site called Babylon. This wall site has some amazing black coral growth and a very interesting pinnacle just off the wall, during the two dives here the guests got to encounter a loggerhead cruising by the wall, as well as schools of blue tangs and large barracuda. After this we headed back to the west side of the island to Neptune’s wall, this is a slopping wall that has some very healthy coral growth on. We completed 2 dives here, during the two dives we found lots more interesting marine life, but for one induvial they had a little surprise under water. Dennis decided to pop the question on the last dive of the day to Marla and asked her to marry him! We celebrated with some champagne as soon as they came up, because of course she said yes!
Friday lost treasure dawn/ round rock x2
For the last day we started early with a dawn dive, jumping in the water at 5:15am to see what Lost treasure had to offer us, the guests found lots of lobster, crabs and a moray eel free swimming. After a yummy breakfast from Latoya we moved on to Round rock dive site for the next two dives. This is a very interesting wall site with a large swim through and some cave systems to explore. The dives finished up their week of diving with more turtles, stingrays and moray eels. We soon headed back to dock and unfortunately it was that time of the week to start cleaning gear and packing up. That evening we finished off the week with our cocktail party and our pirate toast. Another great week on the Cayman Aggressor V.
Until Next Week
Your Cayman Aggressor Captain & Crew