2 -7 November, 2014
Air Temperatures – Mid to low 80’s
Water Temperature – 80 to 79F
Overall Weather – The weather was a little challenging this week for divers with cooler, cloudier weather and passing showers. Wind speeds switched between the north and then northeast with speeds between 10 and over 15 knots. As a result, water temperatures dropped to 79 degrees F, and 3mm wetsuits need to be pulled out and donned for the winter season.
Crew - Dive Instructor Anne-Marie had Open Water Referral students whom continued on with their Advanced Open Water certification, and Divemaster Denroy joined her toward the end of the week with other divers. Carlton (AKA Capt) was boat captain for the week.
Sightings – Special sightings for the week included a large Great Barracuda that sat under the boat at Jojo’s Split intimidating the new divers on the first day. Permit and Horse Eye Jack schools swirled near the surface at Myrtle’s Turtle just north of The Elbow, and several groupers of varying species – Black, Nassau, Yellow Fin, Tiger and Yellow Mouth – were seen at Creekozene and throughout the week showing up the healthy population of groupers we have here in Belize. To top that off, a 4-foot Goliath Grouper followed divers along curiously for a few minutes at Chasbow’s Corner to the northwest of Turneffe. This was indeed a heart-warming sight. The night dive yielded some welcome, but not often seen, players in the Spotted Sea Hare, and a Beaded Sea Cucumber. Cryptic Tear Drop Crabs were spotted in a number of tube sponges which appear black at depth, but are in fact a brilliant crimson colour. Caribbean Reef Sharks are welcome visitors at Half Moon Caye Wall, now seen on almost every dive there. Eagle Ray Wall on the west side of Long Caye on Lighthouse Reef lived up to its name as four large Spotted Eagle Rays came past divers at close range and continued to circle coming back and forth along the wall for over 5 minutes of the dive. Large Rainbow and Blue Parrot Fish were seen on the northeast of Turneffe at Lindsay’s Back Porch.
Sunday 2 November
Winds from the N at 15 knots. Mostly cloudy with passing showers, and some sun in the afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Jojo’s Split N - 40ft visibility / #2 Jojo’s Split S – 40ft visibility / #3 Calabash Caye Wall - 50ft visibility
Monday 3 November
Winds remaining at 15 knots from the N. Morning clouds with showers. Mostly sunny in the afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Black Beauty N - 60ft visibility / #2 Black Beauty S - 60ft visibility / #3 Myrtle’s Turtle - 70ft visibility
Tuesday 4 November
Wind speeds increasing to over 15 knots from the NE. Partly cloudy with some sun in the morning and afternoon. Dive Sites: #1 Creekozene N - 80ft visibility / #2 Creekozene S – 80ft visibility / #3 Amberhead – 80ft visibility
Wednesday 5 November
Wind speeds at 10 knots from the NE, and decreasing throughout the day. Mostly sunny.
Dive Sites: #1 Chasbow’s Corner – 70ft visibility / #2 Elkin’s Bay – 70ft visibility / #3 Night Dive @ Northern Bogue
Thursday 6 November
Winds at 10 knots from the NE and dropping sharply in the morning to less than 5 knots. Heavy cloud cover with showers in the morning, giving way to sunny skies in the late morning and afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Blue Hole - 30ft visibility / #2 Half Moon Caye Wall – 60ft visibility / #3 Eagle Ray to Painted Wall – 50ft visibility
Friday 7 November
Winds at less than 10 knots from the NNW. Passing showers in the early morning with patches of sun broadening to a mostly sunny afternoon.
Dive Sites: #1 Lindsay’s Back Porch – 70ft visibility / #2 Lettuce Lane – 70ft visibility / #3 Wishbone – 70ft visibility