*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captains Log *February 19th-26th, 2015
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 75 F
* Visibility 50 ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yépez
Chef Xavier Chóez
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Stephen, Richard, Yoshihide, Siu Tjing, Nicholas, Yayoi, Shusei, Lynda, Kwok, Caroline, Lise, William, Ruey, Susannah, Todd
Thursday February 19th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada and USA. 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 sting rays and tropical fish.
Friday February 20th
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 black tip sharks, white tip sharks, mobulas, sea turtles, scorpion fish, sea lions, salemas, stingrays, moray eels, garden eels and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday February 21st
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, barracudas, dolphin, sea turtles, jacks, tunas and tropical fish.
Sunday February 22nd
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, jacks, sea turtles, moray eels, and tropical fish.
Monday February 23rd
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, hammerhead sharks, orcas, black tip sharks, tunas, white tip sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, sea lions and tropical fish were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday February 24th
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 penguins, bat fish, sea roben, cormorants, sea turtles, sea lions, sea horses and more tropical fish were able to be found here.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), we could see the largest fish on earth the Mola Ramsayi, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, February 25th
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, we saw sea lions, sea turtles, eagle rays, barracudas, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish, in moments of great activity 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 26th
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!