*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Dec 28th- Jan 4th, 2017
Hello dear friends, greeting from Galapagos! Our guests during this week came from USA, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia and Finland. They were Kate, Todd, Leonardo, Gaia, Karyn, Anne, Bettina, Jenny, Chona, Victoria, Pega, John, Maria, Mikhail, Ivana, Zona.
Our average weather conditions during this week were Water 68F and Air 75F.
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 stingrays and sea lions and had conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; *Visibility 20ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez: we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea lions, sea turtles and mola molas. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 70F and Visibility 25 ft. We went 60 ft deep.
Next day, we reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island, to dive with hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, barracudas, dolphins and tunas. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 75 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 50 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, tunas, wahoos, sea turtles and sea lions. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75 F; Visibility 50 ft and we went 80 ft deep. We had a wonderful time celebrating New Year on board.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles and tunas on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 73 F; Water Temp. 75 F and Visibility 30 ft. We went 60 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 sea horses, sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and flyless cormorants. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75F; *Water Temp. 57 F; * Visibility 4ft. 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 mobulas, rays, eagle rays, cow nose rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 61 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 Xavier Choez
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera