*Roatan Aggressor Captains log March 31- April 7, 2018
*Air Temp. 79-81 F
*Water Temp. 81-83 F
* Visibility 30-70ft
* Wetsuit req. 3-5mm full, shortie or skin
Sunday –Pirate’s Pointe, Mary’s Place
Monday – Cayos Cochinos Sea Mounts, Toon Town
Tuesday – Cara A Cara, Butcher’s Bank, Eel Garden
Wednesday –The Odyseey, Dolphin Cave, Half Moon Bay Wall
Thursday – Tavianna’s Wall, Mr Bud
Friday- 40’ Wall
We are happy to welcome 18 guests from around the United States. There were several new faces, as well as, some familiar ones. Good to see Eric & Al again. Our guests sampled the Chef’s wonderful jerk chicken & BBQ ribs on the sun deck. Afterward, everyone retired to his or her rooms for some well-needed rest.
We stayed on the south side for our first dive at Pirate’s Point. This site is known for its sloping sand chute and it’s vibrant sea life. Several free swimming eels were seen, as well as, two juvenile spotted drums. A green eel came out of its borough to feast on a lionfish. The green eel stayed with the group for several minutes and put on a great show. A bridled burr fish, yellow-headed jaw fish, lobster & a scorpion fish were seen. Next up was the popular Mary’s Place. A spotted eel, yellow headed jaw fish, large channel crab and a free-swimming green eel were seen. The night dive was great. All the players were in attendance; crabs, lobster, shrimp and yes several octopuses. A Great first day of diving.
We made the journey from the south side of Roatan to the seamounts at Cayos Cochinos. These under water wonders rise from the sea floor to within 45’ of the surface. Our dives consisted of 3 dives. The current was slight but there was a little bit of surge so it was a relatively easy 3 dives. Lots of schooling jacks, Atlantic spade fish & barracuda were seen. Also, a nurse shark, several turtles, a yellow ray, spotted moray and lots of nesting oceanic triggers were seen. We then headed south to the islands of Cayos Cochinos. Our afternoon site was Toon Town. Toon Town is known for its abundance of Tunicates. The most common is the blue bell tunicate that is seen everywhere on the site. Jonathan and the Shepherd family went into the shallows and saw Pederson cleaning shrimp, corkscrew anemone, peacock flounder and some juvenile yellow-headed jaw fish. On the return to the yacht , several types of pelagic tunicates were seen. Captain Eddy was on the night dive and saw some crabs, lobster and a large toadfish. A nice day of diving.
We then motored back to Roatan for our early morning shark dive at Cara a Cara. Cara a Cara means face to face in Spanish and that’s exactly what it was. s soon as the divers jumped in the water and descended, curious groupers came to see what was up. Then 12-14 Caribbean grey reef sharks swam with the group and put on a great show for 30 minutes. The wind picked up a bit so we returned to the north side of the island. We then went to Butcher’s Bank for our 2nd dive. Some nudis & a turtle were seen. Our last site of the day was Eel Garden. More turtles, sharp nosed puffer, French angel, indigo hamlet and our resident sea horse were seen. The night dive was wonderful. Several large crabs & spotted lobster were seen. Towards the end of the night dive Kade & his dad, Lance saw a large octopus that put on a great show. Back on the boat Jana had some hot chocolate and a little something else to take the chill away. Yum!
We made a pre breakfast journey east to the wreck of the Odyssey. Visibility was good and the divers explored the 250’ wreck. Large groupers and several arrowhead crabs were seen. We then kept moving east to Dolphin Cave. This site is known for its intricate swim thru maze thru the reef. Lots of anemones, squat anemone shrimp and our resident toadfish were all seen. After a nice sundeck lunch cruise, we went to our afternoon site: Half Moon Bay Wall. A tagged turtle, 2 spotted eagle rays, spotted lobster, spiny lobster, lots of yellow-headed jaw fish, creole wrasse, red snappers and several large channel clinging crabs were seen.
Our first site was Tavianna’s Wall. This site is known for its diverse topography and sea life. Sail fin blennies, turtles, yellow-headed jaw fish, eels, crabs, lobster and lots of schooling reef fish were seen. We then traveled to the south side of the island to our afternoon site, Mr. Bud. Mr. Bud is a small artificial wreck that has some of the best variety of sea life. Yellow headed jaw fish, free swimming green moray, 2 courting peacock flounder, and 2 large mantis shrimps were seen.
Last dive site was 40’ wall. We had 2 great dives and saw our resident seahorse. A large school of reef squid were also seen. Then it was time to head in and start cleaning up the gear and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Chef Milton.
Once again it’s time to say our goodbyes. Special congrats to Lacey on 200 dives. Also a fond farewell to Al & Eric. We’ll miss you. Also congrats to Kade & Kassandra on completing their nitrox course. Welcome to the green gas club!! Also congrats to our iron divers: Bob, Rose, Walt, Dave, Kade, Lance & Alan! Check out pic of critter board for a more detailed sea life seen by guests.
Until next time, Crew of the Roatan Aggressor…