*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *July 16th- 23rd, 2015
*Air Temp. 82 F
*Water Temp. 81 F
* Visibility 56ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yépez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Roger, Jayden, David, Louis, Diane, Jeffrey, Alison, Geoff, Vanessa, Colin, Renata, Pang, Maria, Sasha and Jonahtan
Thursday July 16th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Australia 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 golden cow rays, sea lions and sea turtles.
Friday July 17th
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, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, mobulas and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday July 18th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, moray eels, tunas, sea turtles and tropical fish.
Sunday July 19th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, tunas, sea turtles, black tip sharks, scorpion fish, moray eels, eagle rays and tropical fish.
Monday July 20th
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, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, moray eels, scorpions and tropical fish were seem at this immersion.
Tuesday July 21st
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 bat fish , mantas and sea horses, a great mixture of them.
During our 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 penguins, flightless cormorant, sea lions, sea horses and salemas.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, July 22nd
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 since we saw sea lions, barracudas, sea turtles, moray eels, barracudas, white tip sharks, eagle rays and tropical fish… 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, July 23rd
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!