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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 6th- 13th, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos. Our week on this cruise was pretty interesting and we had the visit of Marie-Claude from Canada, Guilherme from Brazil and from USA we had Lisa, Linda, Glenn, Mike, Tina, Olivia, Anthony, Diane, Jerome, Wally, Mark, Laura Alexis and Eric.
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 stingray and had weather conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 20 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea lions, sea turtles, grouper fish, parrot fish and sea snakes. These dives had *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 35 ft and we went 80 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.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, moray eels. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F, *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 40 ft and went 60 ft deep. Current was strong on this day.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, wahoos, bonitos, tunas and dolphins. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 70 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, tunas and silky sharks on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 70 ft deep. Strong currents present.
Next day, we went 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, mola molas, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, horn sharks, cormorants and salemas. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 60 and 68 F; * Visibility 20 ft. This time, we had to go 80 and 110 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, stingrays, mobula rays, sea turtles, frog fish, puffer fish and barracudas. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 35 ft and we went 70 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the giant Galapagos walking around the whole area.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week, we just wish to say that we were really glad to have the visit of our last group and thank you for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez / Richard Vera