*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Oct 12th – 19th, 2017
Greetings to our friends around the world! This past week was diverse on board; we had visitors from different countries like Switzerland, South Korea, France, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom and USA. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 66F and Air 75F. Our guests were Harald, Pierette, Taek, Brice, Hans-Peter, Silke, Matthias, Felix, Lars, Petra, Franziska, Michelle, Stephen, Scott, Michel and Randy.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we had conditions like *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 64 F; *Visibility 20 ft; *Depth 28 ft. We saw some stingrays, sea turtles and tropical fish during this practice.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mantas, mola molas, golden cow rays, stingrays, sea turtles, black tip sharks and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 72 F; Water Temp. 57 F and Visibility 50 ft. We went 110 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky shark, moray eels, barracudas, jacks, sea turtles, tunas, dolphins, scorpion fish and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 90 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 45 ft and we went 98 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, jacks, moray eels, tunas, scorpion fish, black tip sharks and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 79 F; Water Temp. 77 F and Visibility 70 ft. We went 115 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 mola molas, bat fish, stingrays, marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, scorpion fihs, sea robins and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 57 F; * Visibility 50 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, sea turtles, eagle rays, marble rays, barracudas, golden cow rays, moray eels, white tip sharks and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 59 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 40 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 Jhon Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago