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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * October 15th-22nd, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 76 F
* Visibility 37ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Donald, Gerald, Claudia, Joergen, Vasili, Semen, Olga, Ralf, Jochen, Marina, Andrei, Hubert, Ladislava, Tatiana and Gennady.
Thursday October 15th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries such as USA, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Russia 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 swam with sea turtles, sea lions.
Friday October 16th
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 lions, eagle rays, creole fish, sea turtles. We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday October 17th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, moray eels, sea turtles.
Sunday October 18th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, hammerhead sharks.
Monday October 19th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtle, sea lion.
Tuesday October 20th
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. 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 sea horses, stingrays, penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas and sea turtles. We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, October 21st
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, stingrays, manta rays, eagle rays and sea turtles. 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, October 22nd
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!