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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Sept 27th - Oct 04th, 2018
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands! Our visitors came from different countries this week; they were Denis, Matthew, Rich & Nils from USA; Barrie from the UK; Javier & Maria from Spain; Liling, Limin, Yuqiong, Ling & Paupau from China; Natasha & Janette from Finland and Sylvie from France.
We picked our guests up from different flights at Baltra airport and the Itabaca channel and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we saw tiger snake eels, stingrays and tropical fish. At this area, the weather conditions were *Water Temp. 73F; *Visibility 45 ft; *Depth 32 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw scorpion fish, white tip sharks, sea turtles, tropical fish, tuna fish and Galapagos sharks. These dives had conditions like: *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 50ft. We went 100ft deep. In the afternoon, we went to Punta Bartolome where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, tuna fish, sea turtles, tropical fish, flounders and silky sharks. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 40 ft and went 85 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, black tip sharks, golden rays, tropical fish and sea turtles. Our Sunday conditions were *Water Temp. 76 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 97 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf islands we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, bonitos, tunas, wahoo, sea turtles, flounders, Galapagos sharks, moray eels, lobsters and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Water Temp. 77 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 80 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 marine iguanas, sea robins, red lips bat fish, torpedo rays, bat rays, mola molas, bullhead sharks, harlequin fish, frog fish, tropical fish and sea horses. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Water Temp. 63 F; * Visibility 40 ft. This time, we had to go 110 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we got to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, sea turtles, moray eels, octopus, flounders, white tip sharks, sea horses, frog fish and tropical fish. The conditions we found in this site: *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 50 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 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 Alfredo Varela
Steward Ruben Intriago
Instructors Walter Torres & Sebastian Barrera