*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Nov 9th-16th, 2017
Hello everybody, greetings from Galapagos! This past week we had on board visitors from USA, Canada and Colombia. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water 69F and Air 78F. Our guests were Dolores, Tim, Karen, Matt, Maureen, Diane, Margaret, Steve, Pam, Juan Carlos, Ana, Bruce, Lisa, David and Becca.
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. 78 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; *Visibility 60 ft; *Depth 30 ft. We saw sea turtles, stingrays, sea lions and tropical fish.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez: we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mola molas, mobulas, eagle rays, sea turtles, stingrays, white tip sharks, scorpion fish and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 70 F and Visibility 60 ft. We went 115 ft deep.
Next day, we reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island, to dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, black tip sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, moray eels, barracudas, jacks and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 79 F; Water Temp. 73 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, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, moray eels, sea turtles, jacks, eagle rays, scorpion and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 79 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 60 ft and we went 110 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, jacks, moray eels, sea turtles and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 73 F and Visibility 50 ft. We went 105 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, bat fish, mola molas, cormorants, penguins, stingrays, sea lions, sea turtles, barracudas and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 74F; *Water Temp. 57 F; * Visibility 40 ft. This time, we had to go 100 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, barracudas, white tip sharks, moray eels and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 60 ft and we went 95 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 Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago