*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Aug 17th-24th, 2017
Saludos desde Ecuador! This week at the Galapagos Islands received us with weather conditions like Water 69F and Air 76F on average. Our visitors came from Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom: Bogdan, Marin, Anna, Simon, Neil, Christine, Sandra, Gwyn, Richard, Jeremy, James, Antonio, Janet, Judy, Graham.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we saw some tropical fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 78 F; *Visibility 50 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mobulas, golden cow rays, sea turtles, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 64 F and * Visibility 40 ft. We went 104 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, jacks, eagle rays, 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 90 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with a humpback whale, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, tunas, eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 90 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw the same humpback whale that stayed around, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays, jacks and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 80 ft. We went 105 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, bat fish, sea robins, stingrays, bull head sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, cormorants, torpedo rays and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 59 F; * Visibility 50 ft. This time, we had to go 105 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with white tip sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, barracudas, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 40 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 Galapagos tortoises in the wild wondering around 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 for other new experiences!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago