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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II Captain’s Log
March 3 – March 10 2018
Air temperature: 75° - 78° F
Water temperature: 78° - 80°F
Visibility: 30-40 feet
Thermal recommendation: 3mm/5mm full wetsuit & a windbreaker
Captain: Amanda Smith
2nd Captain: Alex Brett
Engineer: Rob Smith
Chef: Brynne Rardin
Chef: Sarah Pearson
Photo Pro: Conor Ferrin
Sunday – Wednesday: Ocean World Marina, Puerto Plata
Thursday – Friday: Silver Bank, Dominican Republic
To start off the month of March, we were joined by a group charter of Germans and Austrians organized by our friends at Waterworld.
Unfortunately, due to a massive storm in the Northern Atlantic, twenty-foot swells were forecast to begin rolling into the North shore of the Dominican Republic starting Saturday night. As a result, the Dominican Navy shut down all the ports on the Northern coast of the country as of Saturday evening, leaving us with no option but to remain at the dock until the navy deemed the sea conditions safe for us to depart.
We remained tied up in Ocean World Marina until Wednesday morning, at which point the seas had calmed enough to allow us safe passage out to the Silver Bank to make the best of our remaining time available. By Wednesday night, we were safe and sound at our mooring and had deployed our chase boats, so we could be ready for an early morning departure on Thursday.
To make up for lost time, we started early and finished late both days. On Thursday, we had one of the best mom and calf encounters of the season. A relaxed mother and a playful calf made for an encounter that lasted several hours and al the guests had a chance to swim, as the two boats swapped in and out of the water. When the calf came up to breath every four minutes or so, it always made close, curious passes with the swimmers, and even starting breaching alongside us at one point!
On Friday, we had some breaching and other interesting surface activity from a mom and calf that started things off nicely, and as the day was drawing to a close we had a brief encounter with a pair of sleeping whales. The visibility was challenging due to the recent storm, so the slumbering pair were a little hard to make out when at depth, but we a nice look at them as they came up for a few quick breaths before they returned to the depths.
Before we knew it, the time had come to raise the chase boats and make our way back to port. We departed the bank around three o’clock Friday afternoon, enjoyed a great dinner from Brynne and Sarah while underway, before arriving back at the dock just before midnight.