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Belize Aggressor IV Captain’s Log
Jan 6-13, 2018
Sea State: choppy to rough
Avg. Air Temp: 86F
Avg. Water Temp: 79F
Avg. Visibility: 80ft
Avg Wind Speed: 10-20knots
Asst. Chef Carlos
Stewardess – Jean
Engineer – Simon
Divemaster – Conway
Deck Asst. - Jadiel
Sunday Jan 7, 2018
Dive Sites: Sandy Slope & Triple Anchor
We started our first day of diving Turneffe Atoll, doing our check out dives at Sandy Slope before heading down to Triple Anchor. We saw a lot of cool things today, including moray eels, squid, yellow stingrays, scorpionfish, lots of spotted morays, octopus, and we even found an old anchor from the late 1700’s. At the end of the second dive we saw a huge loggerhead, everyone knelt in the sand to watch it as it cracked open a hermit crab shell.
Monday Jan 8, 2018
Dive sites: Black Beauty & Long Caye Wall
Monday, we did our first dive at Black Beauty on Turneffe Atoll, then motored over to Lighthouse Reef Atoll and hopped in at Long Caye Wall. Today’s sightings included the White Spotted Toadfish (which is indigenous to Turneffe Atoll), several free-swimming green morays, a hawksbill turtle that swam above us at edge of wall, several Caribbean sharks, a massive eagle ray that swam right in front of the divers before veering off down the wall, some slender filefish, and a few neck crabs.
Tuesday Jan 9, 2018
Dive Sites: Half Moon Caye Wall & Lighthouse Wall
One of the first things we saw today was a Caribbean Reef shark. There were also lots of stingrays under boat, several massive barracudas along the wall, a small peacock flounder in the sand, groupers, a green moray, an eagle ray, and a scorpionfish to name a few. Also, what was pretty cool was being surrounded by thousands of silver fish…sardines, mullets, and bar jacks were schooling together, and of course they were being stalked by barracudas, tarpon, and horse-eye jacks.
Wednesday Jan 10, 2018
Dive Sites: Inspiration & Cathedral
First, we headed to the East side of Long Caye to dive Inspiration, then moved to the West side of Long Caye and hopped in at Cathedral for the afternoon and night dives. We saw a big nurse shark under ledge and came across a green moray that was posing for pictures. A curious barracuda followed along as we came across channel clinging crab, a spotted moray, several lettuce sea slugs, 2 small scorpionfish that seemed to be cuddling, and a lobster waving its antennae right below. We found another nurse shark, a black tip pup, peacock flounder, neck crabs, and an octopus As we did our safety stop, a massive eagle ray glided gracefully down below us.
Thursday Jan 11, 2018
Dives Sites: Blue Hole & Silver Caves
Thursday, we were able to visit the Great Blue Hole for the first dive of the day. We dropped down on the South side and checked out the stalactite, stalagmite, and pillar formations that formed on the ledge at about 130ft below.
After the Blue Hole, we went over to Silver Caves where we saw a turtle on the surface before we descended into a big school of jacks and Creole wrasse below the boat. An eagle ray swam by over the shallows and disappeared down the drop-off. Two Caribbean reef sharks came around, and 5 black groupers hovered above mixed in with school of Creole wrasse. There were also lots of trunk fish & black durgeons all over the place, and a channel clinging crab tried to blend in with the reef. There was an abundance of colourful reef fish swimming amongst the beautiful corals.
Friday Jan 12, 2018
Dive Site: Amberhead North
For our final day of diving, we hopped in at Amberhead North on Turneffe Atoll. To finish off the week, we saw several green and spotted moray eels, 2 hawksbill turtles, a Southern stingray, and a white spotted toadfish. There were also tons of lobsters and shrimp on the reef, and we swam among a very healthy reef system with lots of big sponges and loads of fish.
Congrats to Laura on getting her Milestone 100th dive!
Congrats to Kate on becoming our newest Nitrox Diver!
Congrats to our Iron Divers – Luc, Laura, David, and Kate (it was also Kate’s first live-aboard)!
Thank you all for a GREAT week!
EAT, SLEEP, & DIVE!