*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Oct 19th- 26th, 2017
Greetings to our friends around the world! This past week was diverse on board; we had visitors from different countries like Russia, Costa Rica, USA, Austria, United Kingdom and Canada. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 68F and Air 76F. Our guests were Georgy, Alexander, Anton, Sergei, Dmitry, Georgy, Jorge, Mark, Gerhard, Sarah, Cain, Debby, Randall, Min, Tony and Randy.
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. 78 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; *Visibility 70 ft; *Depth 32 ft. We saw some stingrays, sea lions and sea turtles 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 eagle rays, stingrays, white tip sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, scorpion fish, marble rays and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 70 F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 115 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, black tip sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, sea turtles, jacks, barracudas, moray eels and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 98 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, jacks, moray eels, sea turtles, dolphins, tunas and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 74 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 35 ft and we went 94 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, black tip sharks, dolphins, moray eels, scorpion fish, eagle rays and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 73 F and Visibility 40 ft. We went 90 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 bat fish, marine iguanas, sea lions, mola molas, sea turtles, bat fish, bull head sharks, scorpion fish, barracudas and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 55 F; * Visibility 30 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, white tip sharks, barracudas, eagle rays, stingrays and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 64 F; * Visibility 45 ft and we went 90 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 Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago