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Belize Aggressor III Captains Log
December 22- 29, 2018
Sea State: light chop
Avg. Air Temp: 83o F
Avg. Water Temp: 81o F
Avg. Visibility: 70+
Captain – Jerome
Steward – Randy
Dive Instructor- Daniel
Saturday November 17, 2018
3:00PM – Guests Board
5:00 PM – Safety briefing & Introductions
6:15 PM – Dinner!
Sunday December 23, 2018
Dive Sites: Black Beauty, Nurse Shark Ridge
We left early Sunday morning with direction to the west side of Turneffe atoll, but due to the big residual swells from the northerly that we had been experiencing forced to change the plans. Instead, we went to the east side of Turneffe to a site called Black Beauty for our first 2 dives of the week. Even through some swells coming from the northeast, we were able to dive both sections of the reef, heading north and south. We were greeted by good visibility and the many amazing sights, including a lettuce sea slug, green moray eel, Nassau groupers, and tons of sharp nose puffer fish.
We decided to make the passage across to Lighthouse Reef Atoll for a late afternoon dive as well as the night dive. Nurse shark Ridge welcomed us firstly. We saw trunkfish, creole wrasse, banded coral shrimps, Peterson cleaner shrimp, and at the edge of the drop off a beautiful hawksbill turtle taking a peep at us. An octopus gave us a show by opening up its tentacles beautifully and we were thrilled to capture it with our lenses. On the night dive, we saw more octopuses and some squids. It was a good start in this strip of the reef.
Monday December 24, 2018
Dive Sites: Angelfish Wall, Hat Caye Wall
We were still experiencing the effects of the northerly, but that didnt stop us from venturing into the deeps to find beauty in everything that we found. Our chosen site for the day was Angelfish Wall. We got to explore the sand beds where we saw some southern stingrays and a couple of hogfish digging in the sand for some food. At the edge, there was a reef shark, spotted eagle rays and a turtle.
In the afternoon, we moved to Hat Caye Wall for another 2 great dives. We found a golden tail moray eel, a turtle, a bunch of schoolmasters, a bunch of creole wrasse, and some lion fish.
There was no night dive on account of the thunder and lightning that graced our New Years Eve night sky, so we just chilled with some wine and had a good relaxed time getting to know new friends.
Tuesday December 25, 2018
Dive Sites: Bluehole, Painted Wall, Eagle Ray Pass
On Christmas Day, it seemed that we were gifted with a better day and clearer skies, so we took it and made it better by moving quickly to the great Bluehole of Belize. It couldnt have been a most marvellous day to get there. It was a peaceful experience before heading to another beautifully colored site called Painted Wall. There were so many Bermuda chubs and surgeon majors filling the water below the boat. The visibility couldnt have been better this week. The sponges looked so clear almost like they were painted there. A green moray decided to go on a stroll as we got there so that was a cool sight. A channel clinging crab thought it best to stay tucked in its hole and just see us pass by. It was an interesting sight finding a cleaning station where a princess parrot fish was getting cleaned by some smaller wrasses.
In the afternoon and night, we did Eagle Ray Pass. It was clear waters once again, so everything was even better. We found a couple of turtles, and many octopuses and squids during the night dive. Definitely a nice way to finish the day.
Wednesday December 26, 2018
Dive Sites: Chain Wall, Long Caye Wall
On Boxing Day, we did Chain Wall and were privileged to spend quite a good amount of time visiting with some reef shark just below the boat at the drop-off. It was the shark day we were all hoping for since the beginning of the week.
At Long Caye Wall, we explored everything we could, from the top of the reef to the edge of the wall, and inside the sponges, mostly looking for odd stuff. Visibility was great and there were tons of horse eyed jacks and a few tarpons. The night time was exciting because we got to witness a channel clinging crab feeding on a sea urchin.
Thursday December 27, 2018
Dive Sites: Halfmoon, Quebrada, Zipline
Reef sharks graced us on our morning dives at Halfmoon Caye Wall. But with easterly winds catching up with us, we moved over to Quebrada. It is a beautiful site with an amazing forest of gorgonians and sponges. There were a couple channel clinging crabs and lobsters. We found an amazing wire coral with about 10 wire coral shrimps hanging from it. It was awesome because it is uncommon to find these shrimps, and much less so many on one coral.
To finish the day, we voyaged back to Turneffe Atoll to dive a site called Zip Line. At the end of the dive. the guests came up with stories of the sardines all over and bumping into people. It was a fun sardine dive.
Friday December 28, 2018
Dive Sites: Amber Head
On what would be the last dives of the year for many of us, we did Amber Head. It was a calm dive to close off and wind down the week. Surrounded by nature and with the fish and creatures and the beautiful underwater sceneries, it was a postcard goodbye to the waters of Belize. Congratulations to our iron diver, Emily, Paul, Kenji, Sherry and Jeff.
The captain and crew take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year and best of luck in the future diving adventures. We hope to see you again exploring the reefs of Belize. We also want to congratulate our Iron Divers for toughing it out through thick and thin in the rough seas.