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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Aug 31st- Sept 07th, 2017
Saludos cordiales desde Ecuador y Galapagos. This week, the archipelago received us with an eruption at Fernandina Island, one of the youngest islands at the Galapagos… Besides it, our weather conditions had an average in Water: 74F and Air: 76F. Our visitors came from USA, Singapore, China, Taiwan & Ukraine: Al, Eric, Chris, Randall, Jeng, JK, Elizabeth, Vladimir, Jiayi, Tom, Michael, Jasmin, Oscar & Leonid.
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 king angel fish, yellow tail and surgeon fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 15 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea turtles and barracudas. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 73F and Visibility 20/30 ft. We went 60 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, wahoos, tunas and dolphins. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 77 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 60 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tunas, sea lions, sea turtles and dolphins. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 77 F; Water Temp. 75 F; Visibility 30 ft and we went 40 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and whale sharks on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 77 F; Water Temp. 75F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 40 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 whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, eels, mola molas and penguins. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 77 F; * Visibility 40 ft. This time, we had to go 60 ft deep. During this day, we could see the smokes of La Cumbre volcano, which was calmed for around 10 years and decided to get active this week.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with mobula rays, eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 71 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 20 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, new friends and new Iron Divers: Jasmin, Michael, Jeng and JK. We just wanted to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain John Carlos Yepez
Chef Rene Pinto
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera