*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 27th- Aug 3rd, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos. We received Silvio from Brazil, Susanne & Mathias from Austria, Lisa, Martin & Gil from Germany and Urs & Marisa from Switzerland on board, for a pretty active week, with strong currents.
We picked our guests up from the Itabaca channel and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during our check dive, we saw tropical fish. Our weather conditions were *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; *Visibility 15 ft; *Depth 25 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea turtles, moray eels, sea lions and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 20 ft. 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, silky sharks, black tip sharks, sea lions, eagle rays, sea turtles, moray eels, tunas, jacks, dolphins and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F, *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 40 ft and went 103 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 hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, tunas, eagle rays, sea turtles, moray eels, scorpion and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 89 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, tunas, moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F and * Visibility 25 ft. We went 91 ft deep.
Next day, we went down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see another variety of marine life: we could swim with marine iguanas, mola molas, sea lions, sea turtles, bat fish, sea robins, cormorants and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 76 F; *Water Temp. 62 F; * Visibility 50 ft. This time, we had to go 115 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, eagle rays, barracudas, moray eels, white tip sharks and tropical fish. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 92 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see some geology: huge sink holes at Los Gemelos produced thousands of years ago by gigantic bubbles, when the Island was formed by the eruption of submarine volcanoes.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week; 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