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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captains Log *January 15th-22nd, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 73 F
* Visibility 32ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Winter Basurto
Thursday January 15th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors from Russia, on the Galapagos Aggressor III. We picked everyone up from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water and we enjoyed pretty much our dinner with a Barbeque and having the stars lighting up our tables.
Friday January 16th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island and then at Punta Martinez in Bartolome Island. The first green sea turtles appeared, grunts, snappers, sea lions, Galapagos garden eels, sea stars, moray eels, mobula rays, sting rays and a school of black striped salema fish. We also could see the damsel fish protecting their eggs so well that, if you put your hand too close, they push you out of their rock.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a land scape from the top.
Saturday January 17th
For this Saturday we went to the east part of Isabela Island. Cabo Marshall, is a special dive site for Mantas and Mobula rays . Here, the elegant manta ray passing besides us, with its extended curve fins ready to suck the plankton. Normally they are solitary but here we saw at least 100 of them together with mobula rays.
Also, small schools of hammer head sharks, many white tips reef sharks, black tip sharks, fur sea lions, barracudas, Galapagos grunts, yellow fin tuna were found here, with a good visibility time.
Sunday January 18th and January 19th
Going North West, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with penguins, sea horses, marine iguanas and also saw the fly less cormorant. Sea lions and sea turtles joined us today.
Wolf and Darwin Islands, what an amazing show of the hammer head sharks. They sometimes came close to us… it seemed that they were curious about us in the same way we were about them. Then, it was time to come up, we did our safety stop on the blue, since under us a big really big school of hammer heads was passing by.
Then, our next dive gave us a glance at eagle rays swimming against the current without moving their body. They came so close to us that we could see their scars, the parasites, the color of their eyes and we saw they got happy face, we were surrounded by a school of Galapagos sharks. Seemed that they liked us….
It is amazing that in Galapagos waters you can see and hear when a predator comes, because the creole fish move really fast producing very particular sounds and coming to us. Creole fish is food for yellow fin tuna, almaco jacks, trevally jacks, or any jack that lives in Galapagos water,
Later on, the dingy driver took us to see Orcas, killer whales… yes!… we saw a mother and her baby hunting! We were just too lucky to see them under water! They are just amazing, spectacular, so big and not interested on us, at all…
Tuesday January 20th
At Fernandina Island, we had a really special place to dive with Marine Iguanas eating algae where the smallest ones wait for the low tide to eat. We have seen them at 30m/98 feet eating holding their breath for around 10 minutes or maybe a bit longer. Also red lipped bat fish, sea horse, golden hair shrimp, harlequin wrasse different colors, yellow, black, white were around, a great mixture of them.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), a magnificent landscape that shows the uniqueness of western Galapagos volcanoes where a collapse caldera floor is revealed, was a perfect place to see penguins, flightless cormorant, sea lions, bullhead shark, red lipped bat fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the Mola Ramsayi, magnificent creature, and around, an area with sea horses and a big school of black stripped salema fish, beautiful view special for underwater topography.
Wednesday, January 21st
During the morning, we went to Cousins rock, located close to east side of Santiago Island. This day, nostalgic for our guests, since it was the last dive of the trip was a nice good bye since we saw eagle ray, sea lions and barracudas… great activity of the marine life at the black coral.
In the afternoon we had a land tour Santa Cruz Island were you easily notice the different vegetation and wheatear conditions in such small place, even from the bus ride. We saw giant tortoises in the wild and the lava tunnels. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday January 22nd
We said our farewells to our guests, feeling a little bit sad that our group was leaving us, but having the sensation of a great week. Thanks again for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor; we hope to see you again soon!
Galapagos Marine Reserve,
It will always be a pleasure for us to share with you the wonders of GALAPAGOS, come and experience it yourself!