*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *April 16th – 23rd, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 79 F
* Visibility 55ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yépez
Chef Javier Choez
Instructors Walter & Rubén
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Stuart, Jhon, Charlotte, Richard, Alistar, Laura, Simon, Brent, Susan, Alistar, David, Lian, Christine, Craig, Craig
Thursday April 16th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from New Zealand and the United Kingdom, . We picked them up 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 turtles and tropical fish.
Friday April 17th
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 golden cawrays, hammerhead sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, mobulas, white tipped sharks, scorpion fish, stingrays, black tipped sharks and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday April 18th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, jacks, tunas, scorpion fish, barracudas, sea turtles, sea lions, black tipped sharks and tropical fish.
Sunday April 19th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, , moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions, jacks, tunas, dolphins and scorpion fish.
Monday April 20th
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, black tipped and white tipped sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, sea lions, eagle rays, stingrays and tropical fish were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday April 21st
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, scorpion fish, stingrays, barracudas, salemas, sea lions, penguins, tropical fish and even some flyless cormorants 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, April 22nd
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, we saw mobula rays, white tip sharks, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles in moments of morning 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 later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, April 23rd
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!