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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II Captain’s Log
June 2nd to 9th- 2018
Turks & Caicos Islands
Air temperature: 75° - 78° F
Water temperature: 81°F
Visibility: 100+ feet
Thermal recommendation: 3mm/5mm full wetsuit
Captain: Amanda Smith
2nd Captain: James Wilford
Engineer: Rob Smith
Chef: Sarah Pearson
Photo Pro: Conor Ferrin
John & Jan, Deano & Erin, Jennifer, Sara, Linda & Thomas, Henry (HY) & Janet, Audrey & Craig, Richard & Brenda, Dennis and Pat.
Our Dive Sites
Sunday: Eel Garden – NWPT, Boat Cove – West Caicos
Monday: Spanish Anchor- West Caicos, G-Spot - French Cay
Tuesday: Double D – French Cay, Brandywine – West Caicos
Wednesday: Elephant Ear Canyon, Gullies – West Caicos
Thursday: Magic Mushroom, West Caicos – The Dome NWPT
Friday: Amphitheater – West Caicos.
We left the dock early at 2pm to pick up a mooring outside the marina because of the tide, we loaded all the guests at 3pm by our tender boat, it was good to see old friends Pat and Dennis with 34 Aggressors, also Brenda and Richard with over 40 Aggressor trips, after settling in, the safety briefing done and a fine dinner cooked by Sera we moved off to North West Point of Provo to Eel Garden. The checkout dive was done the following morning, Atlantic Spade Fish, two big Groupers, and Spotted Drum. Boat Cove West Caicos is where we headed off to next, Sully the shark and friends, Turtle, Peacock flounder and a great night dive.
Monday, we started the day at Spanish Anchor, a three hundred year old anchor believed to be of Spanish origin, caught in a gulley like swim through. Most saw the anchor, although it is well disguised with a good deal of sponge and coral growth over it. The usual critters, including butterflyfish of numerous kinds and angelfish. Here, we were delighted to see a juvenile spotted drum busily swimming around whilst really going nowhere. Stingrays searched the sandy areas for something to feast upon and Caribbean reef shark cruised the edge of the wall.
Our afternoon took us to French Cay were we have not been able to get to recently because of the weather, usual suspects were out and about still around to great us Caribbean reef sharks chose to spend their afternoon with us and a couple of nurse sharks. The wall at G-Spot is stunning with the sun streaming through the deep-water gorgonians that frequent the reef a hawksbill turtle allowed divers close, the night dive was exceptional as ever with lots of nurse sharks out, lobsters, crabs, also squid were spotted and octopus.
We moved to Double D next morning a dive site we have not done in quite a while. Four Spotted eel’s, along the wall which is covered in soft corrals, a spectacular dive. Lunch time we traveled back to West Caicos to Brandywine. There were over 100 ocean triggerfish preparing to nest, grabbing rocks and mouths full of sand and rigorously defending there area against other fish, the blue to pink anemone was out on the edge of the wall. The night dive saw only four night divers but all were doing florescent light led by Rob, a octopus as soon as they jumped in, then the decorator crabs and nudibranchs’ jumped out when they switched on the black light’s.
In the morning Elephant ear canyon. Love this dive site, has a spectacular wall, reef sharks accompanied us through the whole dive coming back for photos time and time again. Several Pipe fish were discovered hiding in the grass on the sand area, and a pipe sea horse, southern sting rays were snuffling in the sand accompanied by bar jacks. Over lunch we moved back to NWPT to The Dome, set in just 35 feet of water, this is by far the shallowest of our dive sites the wall portion of the dive where we visited the chimney was amazing, with decorator crabs all over and a moray eel also hanging out. In the dome, French and blue-striped grunt looked on as our guests took the opportunity to swim through the fallen structure. On the outside of the structure our usual secretary and spiny head blennies and Capt. Amanda found a rare couple of Leather Backed Platidovis.
Amphitheatre, the home to the most yellow-headed jawfish that we have at one site. We were fortunate enough to see a two of the males with eggs. Along the wall we were happier to see another hawksbill cruising along the wall and the reef sharks accompanied us again.
Congratulations to Deano for completing his Nitrox course. Also to Tom for his 300th dive and John for his 1111th dive completed this week with us.
Our Iron divers this week were HY, Tom and Linda.