*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *April 2nd – 9th, 2015
*Air Temp. 84 F
*Water Temp. 84 F
* Visibility 34ft
Captain Héctor Vásconez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: Andrea, Michelle, James, Dane, Nancy, Thomas, Janine, Helen, Janus, Petr, Robert, Lynette, Derek, Elizabeth, Krista, Raymond
Thursday April 2nd
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Germany, USA, Switzerland, Australia, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Canada and New Zealand. 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 saw sea lions and sting rays.
Friday April 3rd
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, scorpion fish, white tipped sharks, eagle rays, creole fish, parrot fish, grunt fish and snappers.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday April 4th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, tunas, eagle rays and dolphins.
Sunday April 5th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays.
Monday April 6th
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, sting rays and yellow fin tunas were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday April 7th
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.
Wednesday, April 8th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock we saw 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 9th
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!