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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Sept 21st- 28th, 2017
Hi from Ecuador and Galapagos. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 67F and Air 73F. Our visitors came from China: Qian, Shengkui, Chi, Weichen, Guofei, Yu, Li, Lin, Nana, Wen, Macy, Ling, Conie, Hui, Weijie, Xi.
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. 64 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, scorpion and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 72 F; Water Temp. 64 F and Visibility 20 ft. We went 110 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, sea turtles, jacks, dolphins, tunas, moray eels, trumpet fish and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 35 ft and went 115 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, moray eels, jacks, sea turtles and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 30 ft and we went 108 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, silky sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, moray eels, jacks, tunas and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 73 F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 90 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, bat fish, orcas, marine iguanas, sea lions, sea robins, sea turtles, cormorants and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 59 F; * Visibility 20 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 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