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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 20th-27th, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos. Our week on this cruise was pretty active; we had on board visitors from 7 different countries:
Mexico: Pepe, Ruben and Fulvio
Nicaragua: Juan Carlos
United Kingdom: Fran
South Korea: Jaemin
USA: Bill, Steve & Kathy, Richard, Megan, Patrick, Heather and our AF President, Wayne Hasson
We picked our guests up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca channel on and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos experience. Later on, during our check dive, we saw stingrays, sea turtles and tropical fish and had weather conditions like *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 31 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mola molas, sea turtles, white tip sharks and tropical fish. These dives had *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 115 ft deep. In the afternoon, we went to Punta Bartolome where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, jacks, sea lions, sea turtles, moray eels, scorpion fish, eagle rays and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 79 F, *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 60 ft and went 86 ft deep. Current was strong on this day.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, jacks, dolphins, tunas and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 112 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, jacks, tunas, moray eels, sea turtles, scorpion fish and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 71 F and * Visibility 30 ft. We went 84 ft deep.
Next day, we went down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with marine iguanas, bat fish, sea lions, sea turtles, sea robins, scorpions, bull head sharks and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 64/62 F; * Visibility 50 ft. This time, we had to go 96 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, sea turtles, barracudas, white tip sharks, eagle rays, mobulas and tropical fish. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 87 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the giant Galapagos walking around the whole area.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week: congratulations to Jaemin and Juan Carlos because of their achievements (200 & 100 dives). We just wish to say that we were really glad to have the visit of our last group and thank you for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain John Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago