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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 26th- Aug 2nd, 2018
Hello dear friends, Greetings from the Galapagos Islands! Our visitors came from different countries: Tia, Paul, Chris, Corey, Lisa, Alex, Bob, Jeff and Sara from USA; Ai & Kazuko from Japan; Peter & Nina from Netherlands and Peter & Elena from UK.
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 saw some stingrays, white sharks, moray eels and tropical fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Air Temp. 76 F; *Water Temp. 74F; *Visibility 30 ft; *Depth 40 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw scorpion fish, moray eels, mola molas, tuna fish, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, sting rays and tropical fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 74 F; *Water Temp. 66 F and * Visibility 35 ft. We went 93 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, black tip sharks, moray eels, sea turtles, barracudas, sea lions and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 77 F, *Water Temp. 76 F; * Visibility 30 ft and went 87 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, black tip sharks, dolphins, moray eels, sea turtles, tuna fish, wahoos, whale sharks and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 77F; *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 101 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, moray eels, dolphins, trump fish, scorpion fish and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 76 F; *Water Temp. 75 F and * Visibility 35 ft. We went 92 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, harlequin fish, sea turtles, frog fish, sea horses, tropical fish, octopus, bullhead and Galapagos sharks. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 73 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 115 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with white tip sharks, frog fish, sea turtles, scorpion fish, mobula rays, sea lions, barracudas, wahoos and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 74 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 40 ft and we went 74 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 Alfredo Varela
Steward Ruben Intriago
Instructors Walter Torres & Sebastian Barrera