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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * May 11th – 18th, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos-Ecuador! We are sending you a few notes of our activities during past week on board the Galapagos Aggressor III:
Thursday May 11th
This week, we received the visit of Florian from Switzerland; Christina, Greg & Ken from USA; Serena from Italy; Mallorie from France; Megan from Australia; Helene, Will, Mark & Jane from Canada and Alexander & Jennifer from United Kingdom.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca Channel in the morning and headed out to a briefing and to get ready for our check dive. We saw sting rays during this activity. The weather conditions were *Air Temp. 84 F; *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 3 ft; * Depth 30 ft.
Friday May 12th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea lions, sea turtles, mobula rays, king angel fish, creole and scorpion fish. These dives had *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 25 ft and we went * 50 ft deep.
After the dives, we went on a land tour in Bartolome Island where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
Saturday May 13th
We reached Cabo Marshall to dive with mantas, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, mobula rays and yellow fin tunas. At this dive site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 81 F, *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and went 60 ft deep.
Sunday May 14th
On Sunday we went to Wolf, one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we could see sea turtles, sea lions, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 80 F; * Visibility 60 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
Monday May 15th
Around Darwin and Wolf we had other interesting dive times, in which we saw a whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles and sea lions. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 81 F and * Visibility 60 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Tuesday May 16th
Going down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, we could see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with mola molas, sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins and flyless cormorants. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 64 F; * Visibility 25 ft. This time, we had to go 100 ft deep.
Wednesday May 17th
On Wednesday, after a night navigation going east, we visited Cousins’ Rock. This famous place was waiting for us with eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions, sea turtles and parrotfish. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 76 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
Later on, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the famous giant tortoises: the Galapagos were peacefully walking around the place, in the wild.
Thursday May 18th
We finished our cruise with the satisfaction of a great week on board. Thanks for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor, we will be waiting for you when you wish to come back and enjoy our beautiful country.
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Nelson Martínez / Richard Vera