*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 25th- Aug 01st, 2019
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands!
We had the visit of new friends from Switzerland, USA, Australia, France, United Kingdom, and Netherlands. They were: Marco, Michael, Desiree, Danella, Chuck, Ryan, Craig, Sylvain, Julian, Celia, Vincent, Feike, Esther, Reto, Sabine, Dianne.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience.
We can detail our week as follows:
During the check dive at the Itabaca channel we saw tropical fish and sea lion and our weather conditions were: Air Temp. 75 F, Water Temp. 70 F, Visibility 35 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez: we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, sting ray and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 77 F; Water Temp. 72 F and Visibility 40 ft.
Next day, we reached Wolf, one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, sea turtles, and tropical fish. Our weather conditions were Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 55 ft.
On Sunday, we went up to Darwin Island to dive with whale sharks, marble ray, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tuna fish, tropical fish. On this site, our conditions were Air 75 F, Water 72 F, and Visibility 55 ft.
Later on, around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, green turtle, sea lions, and tropical fish on Monday. These conditions were: Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 70 F; Visibility 40 ft.
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 sea robins, bat fish, white tip sharks, sea horse, mola mola, sea lions, turtle and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 65 F; * Visibility 40 ft. This time, we had to go 92 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we got to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with mobulas, white tip sharks, eagle rays, golden ray, and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 70 F; Visibility 45 ft and we went 65 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see some geology: huge sink holes at Los Gemelos produced thousands of years ago by gigantic bubbles, when the Island was formed by the eruption of submarine volcanoes.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week. We congratulate our new Iron Divers: Ryan, Chuck, Julian Esther, Reto, Sylvain.
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 Ruben Intriago
Instructors Walter Torres & Sebastian Barrera