*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captains Log *February 5th-12th, 2015
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 74 F
* Visibility 46ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Richard & Nelson
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: John, Andrew, Nevin, Deidre, Bernd, Bernd, Lucia, Allan, Glenn, John, Gert, Nynke, Gernot, Kathrin, Alexander, David
Thursday February 5th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: USA, Israel, South Korea, Norway and the UK. We picked them from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water where we saw stingrays, surgeon fish, moorish idol fish, butterfly fish.
Friday February 6th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island and then at Punta Carrión in Bartolome Island. We were able to see sea turtles, sea lions, barracudas, tunas, bonitos, moray eels, puffer fish, scorpion and creole fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday February 7th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, yellow fin tunas, sea lions, sea turtles, and grouper fish
Sunday February 8th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, wahoos, sierras, sea lions, hog fish and parrot fish.
Monday February 9th
Cabo Marshall, is a special dive site for Mantas and Mobula rays. Here, the elegant manta ray passing besides us, with its extended curve fins ready to suck the plankton. Also, cow rays, hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks were seem at this immersion.
Tuesday February 10th
At Fernandina Island, we had a really special place to dive with Marine Iguanas eating algae where the smallest ones wait for the low tide to eat. Also sea lions, sea horses and sea turtles were found in a great mixture.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), a magnificent landscape that shows the uniqueness of western Galapagos volcanoes where a collapse caldera floor is revealed, was a perfect place to see the largest fish on earth the Mola Ramsayi, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, February 11th
During the morning, we went to Cousins rock, located close to east side of Santiago Island. This day, nostalgic for our guests, since it was the last dive of the trip was a nice good bye since we saw barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles … great activity of the marine life at the black coral.
In the afternoon we had a land tour Santa Cruz Island were you easily notice the different vegetation and wheatear conditions in such small place, even from the bus ride. We saw giant tortoises in the wild and the lava tunnels. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, February 12th
We said our farewells to our guests, feeling a little bit sad that our group was leaving us, but having the sensation of a great week. Thanks again for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor; we hope to see you again soon!