*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *January 22nd -29th, 2015
*Air Temp. 79 F
*Water Temp. 74 F
* Visibility 43ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: Guy, Kiri, Puay, John, Paul, Georgia, Ivan, Toshio, Yuko, Richard, Martin, Anne, Timothy, Melani, Taylan
Thursday January 22nd
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, Japan, United Kingdom and Germany. 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 stingrays, sea lions and sea turtles.
Friday January 23rd
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 sea turtles, sergeant fish, tropical fish, mobulas and white tip sharks.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday January 24th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, black tip sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, tunas and jacks.
Sunday January 25th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, moray eels, jacks, orcas, sea turtles, sea lions, tunas, scorpion and tropical fish.
Monday January 26th
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, moray eels, sea lions, barracudas, hammerhead sharks and tropical fish were seem at this immersion.
Tuesday January 27th
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 cormorants, stingrays, sea horses, penguins, sea turtles, scorpion fish, sea lions, barracudas and tropical fish 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, sea horses, salemas and red lipped bat fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, January 28th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s 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, sea turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, barracudas, mobulas and tropical fish… 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 29th
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!