April 7-14, 2001 -- Again we were blessed with the presence of the marvelous man himself, Stan Waterman. His experience within the diving world is unparalleled indeed. His stories are as well. We started out with our check-out dives on the location of the little tugboat, The Doc Polson. Visibility was at least 100 feet and again, this site created a great opportunity to check out dive gear, camera gear and such. Two turtles, a large green moray eel were some of the magnificent critters we encountered. During lunch time we had made the decision to go around to the northside of the island and since the wind did not want to let down we had some choppy seas where we moored up. Sensation Wall: Great visibility, 80-degree water and a magical drop off that everyone enjoyed. The group this week consists of great people from all over the continental US. Some new to the Aggressor and some familiar faces. Almost all were certified in Nitrox and decided to swap from air to high octane after the first morning dive. Many cameras this week, just like the previous week. We had four video photographers and five still photographers with various set-ups. Shortly after dinner we started to make headway towards the little sister island, Little Cayman. This crossing was also one of the choppier ones this year and we had a few guests that decided to give their offerings to King Neptune. At 2.00AM we arrived at Bloody Bay and Monday's first dive site was Randy's Gazebo. Visibility probably at 120 feet, seas quite choppy with strong winds continuing to come in from the NE. It was a little slow for most of the guests first thing in the morning, but for the second dive we had all in the water. Several groupers, a yellow ray, barracudas, a spotted eel and of course many turtles. Another critter we had plenty of was the thimble jellyfish. Literally a gazillion of them. Fortunately they do not sting at all. For the PM dive site we choose The Meadows in Jackson's Bight on the eastern part of Bloody Bay. We had some really incredible sightings here with the huge school of Squid right behind the boat as the top encounter. There must have been at least 35 of them posing for Stan, myself and other guests. We also spotted an eagle ray, 6-7 stingrays, snapping shrimp, lobsters, horse eyed jacks, turtles and various groupers as well as a huge green moray eel. The first night dive of the week did not see too many divers getting wet. My guess is that a lot of them wanted to catch up on some lost sleep during the previous night. Tuesday morning we started out at 3 Fathom Wall. This day visited by a gazillion thimble jellyfish. Visibility was top and critters everywhere. On the second dive we also spotted a rare seahorse along the wall at about 35 feet. It was bright yellow and a few of our guests got a nice close look at it. Pictures were taken of course. For the afternoon when the wind turned more towards the east we cruised up to Eagle Ray Roundup. Burgers were served up on the top deck and everyone felt really good. As soon as we headed down towards the reef, two reefsharks showed up and they stayed the entire dive, just cruising along the sandy bottom and around the mooring. Lots and lots of excitement and joy when the divers started to come up for the afternoon snack, which were Johan's delicious hot chicken wings. On Wednesday morning it was calm enough to make our trip over to Cayman Brac and dive the Russian wreck. Visibility was great and as always, it's a spectacular sight. Back on Little Cayman after lunch we moored up at Lea Lea's Lookout where we encountered a free swimming green moray, two lobsters and a great deal of smaller critters. After a great BBQ dinner on the top deck and the final night dive on Bloody Bay for this week we steered back to Grand Cayman and the northeast end and Babylon. Visibility was great and everyone thought it was a great site. During lunch we cruised over to Stingray City and in crystal clear water we rumbled with the rays and came up without too many hickies. The late PM dive and night dive were commenced at Oro Verde on the west side and here we encountered one octopus, sleeping trumpetfish, parrotfish sleeping with cocoons. On Friday we finished this great week of diving with a dive at Big Tunnels and only four divers jumped in to do the final site, Devils Grotto. Many guests were leaving early Saturday morning and decided it was wiser to stay out and start the procedure of off-gassing. Thanks again to Stan Waterman and all guests for another fabulous week on the Cayman Aggressor. Quote from one of the guests written on a card for the crew. Thanks for everything! I really enjoyed the trip. The food was the best I've had so far on a live-aboard, and Kurt, your video was the best one I've ever seen as well. The whole crew was excellent! Thanks again! Until next week, -- Capt Tom, Cayman Aggressor IV
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