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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Sept 07th- 14th, 2017
Hi from Ecuador and Galapagos. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 71F and Air 71F. Our visitors came from USA and Spain: Jackie, Sheila, Maria, Alvaro, John, Caroline, Ann, Jonathan, Andreas and Yuriy.
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 damselfish, grunts and creole fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 70 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; *Visibility 20 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea turtles, sea lions, eagle rays, barracudas and mola molas. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 68 F and Visibility 25 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, tunas and whale sharks. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 75 F; Visibility 60 ft and went 60 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with yellow fin tunas, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, turtles, sea lions, dolphins, wahoos and surgeonfish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75/77 F; Visibility 60 ft and we went 80 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw a scalloped hammerhead shark, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, big eyes trevelle jacks, rainbow runners and steel pampanos on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75F and Visibility 60 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 puffer fish, red lipped batfish, pacific beakfish, marine iguanas, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays, bullhead sharks and mola molas. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 68 F; *Water Temp. 60 F; * Visibility 60 ft. This time, we had to go 100ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with big eyes scad, Moorish idol fish, scorpion fish, eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, mantas and barracudas. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 71 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 60 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 wanted to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain John Carlos Yepez
Chef Rene Pinto
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera