*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *March 5th - 12th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 39 ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yépez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Let, Chia, Paula, Jocelyn, Wee, Jie, Brian, Ronald, Dominik, Jan, Grazyna, Grzegorz, Cezary, Dariusz, Jacek
Thursday March 5th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: Singapore, USA, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Poland. 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.
Friday March 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 white tip sharks, sea lions and sea turtles.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday March 7th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles.
Sunday March 8th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and jacks.
We were happy to celebrate Ronald’s birthday on board.
Monday March 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, white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks and barracudas were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday March 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, sea turtles, salemas and even some flyless cormorants 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, March 11th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s 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 mobula rays, white tip sharks, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles 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, March 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!