*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * September 03rd-10th, 2015
*Air Temp. 79 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 51ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Jose Saavedra
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Shannon, Christopher, Laura, Johanna, Maryann, Elizabeth, Leanne, Elizabeth, Daniel, Jodie, Nigel, Wendy, Tammy, Julian, Peter, Sue.
Thursday September 3rd
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Australia, and Laura from Germany. 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 and sea lions.
Friday September 4th
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, eagle rays and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday September 5th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, dolphins, marble rays and tropical fish.
Sunday September 6th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, jacks, silky sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and tunas.
Monday September 7th
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, jacks, dolphins, scorpion fish, sea turtles and tropical fish where seen in this site.
Tuesday September 8th
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.
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 sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, salemas, sea horses, bat fish, stingrays and tropical fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, September 9th
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, sea turtles, scorpion fish, mantas, barracudas 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, September 10th
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!