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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Aug 3rd- 10th, 2017
Saludos desde Ecuador y Galapagos! This week was good in general, wheater conditions were average: water 71 F, air 78 F and regular marine currents. Our visitors came from different countries: Annika from Sweden; Carol, Bryan, Justyn, Terry and Lisa from Canada; Michael and John from USA; Taro, Masato and Nahoko from Japan; Roland and Brigitte from Austria; Robert from Germany and Emilio from Spain. They came in our Jim Church’s photo week, with our friend Mike Haber.
We picked our guests up from the Itabaca channel and Baltra airport, and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during our check dive, we saw stingrays tropical fish. Our weather conditions were *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw white tip sharks, scorpion fish, sea turtles, sea lions, mobulas and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 30 ft. We went 110 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, silky sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles, jacks and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 79 F, *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and went 92 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, jacks, dolphins, sea turtles, moray eels, grouper, black tip sharks and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 94 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, black tip sharks, silky sharks, jacks, moray eels, sea turtles, scorpion fish, eagle rays, dolphins and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 40 ft. We went 95 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 mola molas, marine iguanas, penguins, sea turtles, bat fish, stingrays, bull head sharks, sea lions, sea robins and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 59 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 112 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, eagle rays, white tip sharks, and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *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 the famous giant tortoises: the Galapagos were peacefully walking around the place, in the wild.
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 Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago