*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captains Log *February 12th-19th, 2015
*Air Temp. 79 F
*Water Temp. 74 F
* Visibility 37ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Xavier Chóez
Instructors Richard & Nelson
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Oyvard, Trine, Anna, David, Norbert, Mark, Frank, Sylvia, Alessandra, Rodrigo, Christoph, Gabriele, Dan, Wayne, David and Faye
Thursday February 12th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: Norway, USA, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Austria and the United Kingdom. We picked them from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water where we saw sting rays, creole fish and white tip sharks.
Friday February 13th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island and then at Punta Carrión in Bartolome Island. We were able to see white tip sharks, mobula rays, sea lions, scorpion fish and hammerhead sharks.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday February 14th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, wahoos, yellow fin tunas and grouper fish.
Sunday February 15th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, tunas, sea lions and sea turtles.
Monday February 16th
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. Also, tunas and hammerhead sharks were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday February 17th
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. Also fly less cormorants, sea horses, penguins and sea turtles were able to be found here.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), we could see the largest fish on earth the Mola Ramsayi, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, February 18th
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 sea lions, barracudas and eagle rays together, in moments of great activity 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, February 19th
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!