*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Aug 24th- 31st, 2017
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands. This week, the archipelago received us with weather conditions like Water 71F and Air 77F, on average. Our visitors came from USA, Australia, France, United Kingdom and Italy: Bonnie, Dana, Lauren, Carla, Dwight, Kay, Mike, Pansy, Ann, Aminata, James, Anthony, Alessandro, Dawn and Kevin.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we saw some stingrays and sea lions. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 78 F; *Visibility 40 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mobula rays, sea turtles, sea lions, manta rays, eagle rays, white tip sharks. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 76 F and * Visibility 40 ft. We went 60 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tunas, groupers and eagle rays. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F, *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 60 ft and went 80 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, tunas, dolphins, wahoos and sea lions. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 76 F; * Visibility 60 ft and we went 65 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw runner fish, silky sharks, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, tunas, sea lions, sea turtles on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 75 F and * Visibility 60 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Next day, we went down south. At Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see another variety of marine life: we could swim with marine iguanas, penguins, flyless cormorants, sea turtles, mola molas and sea lions. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 68/58 F; * Visibility 30/80 ft. This time, we had to go 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, barracudas, eagle rays and snapper fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 92 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the famous Galapagos tortoises in the wild wondering around at 400 mts above sea level.
We finished our cruise on Thursday, a week full of emotions and new friends. We just wanted to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Jose Saavedra
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera