*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jun 28th - Jul 05th, 2018
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands! Our visitors came from different places around the world: Ken, Jane, Steve, Shannon, Mac, Bandi, Jim, Nick, Lloyd and Kathleen from USA; Greg, James, Werner and Kathy from Switzerland; and Adnaan & Simon from the UK.
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 sea lions, grunt fish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish, king angel fish and creole fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 73F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mobula rays, sea turtles, sea lions, razor surgeon fish, moorish idol fish, grouper, damselfish and blenny fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 30 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, barracudas, yellow fish, tunas, dolphins, leather bass, creole fish and grouper fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F, *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 40 ft and went 60 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, tunas, jacks, eels, eagle rays and creole fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 70 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, whale sharks, bonitos, tunas, yellow fin tunas, creole fish, blue fin trevally fish, almaco jacks and barracudas on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 75 F and * Visibility 45 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 marine iguanas, cormorants, sting rays, mola molas, harlequin wrasse, parrot fish, bay fish, dusky chub, king angel fish and barber fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 58 F; * Visibility 25 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 sea lions, sea turtles, eagle rays, barracudas, king angel fish, frog fish, parrot fish, cabrillas, groupers and snapper fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 73 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 would like to thank all our Guest for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Ruben Intriago
Instructors Nelson Martínez & Richard Vera