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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * December 10th-17th, 2015
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 57ft
Captain Jhon Carlos Yepez
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Paul, Olivier, Alain, Alain, Brian, Olivier, Jacques, Clifford, Eduard, Ihor, Volodymyr, Kostyantyn, Donna, David, Oleh, Andriy
Thursday December 10th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries like Ireland, France, United Kingdom, USA and Ukraine. 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 lions, sting rays and sea turtles.
Friday December 11th
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 mantas, mobulas, eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, sting rays, scorpion and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday December 12th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, jacks, sea turtles, moray eels, scorpion and tropical fish.
Sunday December 13th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, tunas, jacks, moray eels, black tip sharks, sea turtles and tropical fish.
Monday December 14th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, tunas, sea lions, eagle rays and tropical fish.
Tuesday December 15th
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 swim with sea horses, salemas, mobulas, sea turtles, sting rays, scorpion fish, bonitos and tropical fish.
Wednesday, December 16th
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, white tip sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, scorpion fish, barracudas and tropical fish.
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. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, December 17th
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!