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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Oct 5th- 12th, 2017
Greetings to our friends around the world! This past week was diverse on board; we had visitors from different countries like South Korea, China, USA, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan and Belgium. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 72F and Air 80F. Our visitors were Seojin, Miao, Alan, Joe, Denis, Humberto, Nicolas, Monique, Hiroki, Reiko, Bruno, Els, Marcus, Nicole, Koen and Norman.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we had conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 30 ft. We saw some sea lions during this practice.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw manta rays, mobula rays, sea turtles and king angel fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 79 F; Water Temp. 72 F and Visibility 35 ft. We went 60 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 82 F; Water Temp. 79 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 80 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle ray. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 83 F; Water Temp. 79 F; Visibility 40 ft and we went 70 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw wahoo; yellow fins tuna, dolphin, sea lions, sea turtles on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 83 F; Water Temp. 78 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, marine iguanas, flyles cormorants, penguins, sea horses, sea lions, sea turtles. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 68/60 F; * Visibility 40 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 eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions and barracudas. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 30 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 Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera