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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Dec 21st- 28th, 2017
Hello dear friends, greeting from Galapagos! Our guests during this week came from China. They were Zhongwu; Weitao, Haifeng, Shuangshuang, Lida, Wei, Jing, Ying, Daolin, Shizheng, Nan, Fan, Ruolin, Lei, Xiao.
Our average weather conditions during this week were Water 72F and Air 73F.
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 saw stingrays and creole fish and had conditions like *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; *Visibility 15 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 mola molas, mobula rays, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 73F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Next day, we reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, tunas, yellow fin tunas. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75 F; Visibility 50 ft and went 60 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, silky sharks, wahoos, bonitos, grouper and snapper fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75 F; Visibility 60 ft and we went 70 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw barracudas, butterfly and, king angel fish, Mexican hog fish and scorpion fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75 F and Visibility 55 ft. We went 60 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 sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas and mola molas. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 72F; *Water Temp. 65 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 100 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, barracudas, sea lions, sea turtles, creole fish and stingrays. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 80 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