*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Sept 14th- 21st, 2017
Hi from Ecuador and Galapagos. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 69F and Air 73F. Our visitors came from all around the world: USA, United Kingdom, Kuwait, France, Japan and China. They were Gabriel, David, Jessica, Svetlana, Jason, Steve, Humoud, Leigh, Greg, Karen, Petra, Meiko, Naoki, Yuyao and Annie.
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 stingrays, sea turtles and tropical fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 74 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 40 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 mobulas, sea turtles, white tip sharks, stingrays, Galapagos sharks, scorpion and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 72 F; Water Temp. 68 F and Visibility 50 ft. We went 115 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, jacks, sea turtles, moray eels, lobsters and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 30 ft and went 105 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, moray eels, black tip sharks, jacks, tunas and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 40 ft and we went 108 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, moray eels, sea turtles, jacks, tunas and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 72F and Visibility 50 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 marine iguanas, bat fish, sea robins, sea turtles, sea lions, scorpion fish, mola molas, bullhead sharks and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 70 F; *Water Temp. 59 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 105ft 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 and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 90 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 Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago