*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *July 30th - August 06th, 2015
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 81 F
* Visibility 54ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Eric, Donald, Bjorn, Allison, Sally, Pamela, Sharon, Matthew, Penelope, Trevor, Jennie, Rosemary, Glen, Karen, John, Justin
Thursday July 30th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries: USA, Austria, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada. 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 and sea lions.
Friday July 31st
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island and then at Mosquera Islet. We were able to see eagle rays, sea turtles, white tip sharks, mobulas and hammerhead sharks.
Saturday August 01st
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 sea lions, sea turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, stingrays, moray eels, mobulas and tropical fish were seen at this immersion.
Sunday August 02nd
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, black tip sharks, moray eels, sea turtles and tropical fish.
Monday August 03th
We stayed at Darwin and Wolf area and saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, moray eels, scorpion fish, sea turtles and eagle rays.
Tuesday August 04th
At Fernandina Island, around Cabo Douglas, we had a really special place to dive with Marine Iguanas eating algae. With them, bat fish, sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays, bat rays, scorpion fish, octopus and tropical fish.
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, sea lions, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, August 05th
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, barracudas, white tip sharks, scorpion fish, stingrays 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, August 06th
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!