*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Aug 10th-17th, 2017
Hola amigos! This week at the Galapagos Islands we had strong currents and our average weather conditions were Water 70 F and Air 76 F. Our visitors came from Thailand and Singapore, they were Soammaras, Roongthip, Nitcha, Suparat, Sunsanee, Sydney, Atiya, Achiraya, Sasiphen, Tanarat, Polwach, Thanachit, Withoon, Ruja, Kajorn and Wiwat.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive they saw stingrays and sea lions. Weather conditions were *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 20 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw cowrays, sea lions, sea turtles, scorpion fish, parrot fish and surgeon fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 68 F and * Visibility 30 ft. We went 100 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, tunas, bonitos and barracudas. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F, *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and went 80 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with moray eels, trigger fish, parrot fish, hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, trumpet fish and wahoos . Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 80 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, octopus, sea lions, sea turtles and tunas. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 64 F; * Visibility 10/60 ft. This time, we had to go 110 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with manta rays, mobula rays, eagle rays, barracudas, sea turtles and sea lions. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 70 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the famous Galapagos tortoises in the wild. They love to wonder around between the bush, muddy paths and small ponds present at 400 mts above sea level.
We finished our cruise on Thursday, a week full of emotions and new friends. We just to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again, maybe at the Ray’s season!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera