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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *March 12th – 19th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 74 F
* Visibility 24 ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Richard & Nelson
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Veronique, Alicia, Michelle, Mark, Shizuka, Tetta, Choon-Hwan, Suryun, Danna, Philip, Futoshi, Yumiko, Oh, Lee, Yung-Chih, Yun-Ping
Thursday March 12th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from France, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. 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.
Friday March 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 sea turtles and sea lions.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday March 14th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions.
Sunday March 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, jacks, tunas, creole fish and king angel fish.
Monday March 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, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, yellow fin tunas, mobulas and rays were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday March 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 sea horses, bat fish, stingrays, sea turtles, sea lions, sea robins, barracudas, mola molas, barracudas, salemas, penguins, cormorants, sea horses, sea turtles and sea lions were able to be found here.
Wednesday, March 18th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock, located close to the 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, we saw sea lions, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, eagle rays and barracudas 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, March 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!