*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jun 15th- 22nd, 2017
Saludos desde Ecuador y Galapagos. The Islands received our visitors with a lovely weather above water and challenging conditions for diving. Some surprises this week were topside sighting of a male sperm whale, topside and distant/brief underwater sighting of a pod of false killer whales, and a big school (200-300 or more) of yellowfin tunas.
Tuesday Jun 15th
Our week on this cruise was pretty funny; we welcomed aboard our guests Ilya from Russia; Celia & Kieran from Ireland; Peter from Canada; Andrew from the United Kingdom; Brandon, Melissa & Jas from USA and Michael, Peter, Bev, Mark, Ann, Rebecca, Chris from Australia.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca channel on and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos experience. During our check dive, we saw stingrays and had weather conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 20 ft; * Depth 30 ft.
Friday Jun 16th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea turtles, sea lions and mobula rays. These dives had *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
In the afternoon, we went to Punta Bartolome where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
Saturday Jun 17th
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and eagle rays. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 82 F, *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 40 ft and went 80 ft deep. Current was strong on this day.
Sunday Jun 18th
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, cachalots, wahoo, tunas and dolphins. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 60 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Monday Jun 19th
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, Galapagos sharks and tunas. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 77 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 80 ft deep. Strong current present.
Tuesday Jun 20th
Going down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with marine iguanas, flyless cormorants, sea lions, sea turtles, scorpion fish, red lipped batfish, sea horses, stingrays and hornsharks. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 65 and 60 F; * Visibility 10 and 50 ft. This time, we had to go 60 and 100 ft deep.
Wednesday Jun 21st
On Wednesday, after a night navigation going east, we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, sea turtles, scorpion fish, eagle rays, cow rays and mobula rays. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 80 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the Galapagos, famous giant tortoises who walk freely around the whole area.
Thursday Jun 22nd
Finishing our cruise week, we hope you enjoyed this week with us.
It was a pleasure to have you on board, thanks for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain Hector Vasconez
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez/ Richard Vera