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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Nov 2nd – 9th, 2017
Greetings to our friends around the world! This past week was diverse on board; we had visitors from different countries like Russia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Italy, Mexico and Ecuador. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 68F and Air 71F. Our guests were Denis, Margarita, Jose, Chris, Els, Olivia, Olli, Karine, Jillian, Suzy, Carmelo, Ornella, Jose, Clara, Fernando and Andrej.
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 had conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 30 ft. We saw stingrays and king angel 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 sea turles, mobula rays, white tip sharks, parrot fish, barnacles, blennies, box fish and snapper fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 68 F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 60ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, yellow fin tunas, dolphins, dusky chubs and grunts. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 68 F; Visibility 25 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, eagle rays and barracudas. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 40 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw jacks, tunas, creole fish, bacalaos, Mexican hogfish, sea lions and Moorish idols on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 70 F; Water Temp. 73/78 F and Visibility 40/25 ft. We went 70 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, sea horses, sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, iguanas, cormorants, horn sharks and red lipped bat fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 70F; *Water Temp. 55 F; * Visibility 100 ft. This time, we had to go 60 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea turtles, barracudas, marble rays, grunts, snappers and bacalaos. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 70 F; *Water Temp. 65 F; * Visibility 25 ft and we went 60 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 Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera