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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * May 31st - Jun 07th ,2018
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands! Our visitors came from USA & Canada this week; they were Elizabeth, Michael, David, Laura, Michael, Jane, Robert, Mary, Adam, Lily, Mike, Kasey, Kevin, Julia, Karen and Nancy.
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 our check dive our weather conditions were *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 75 F; *Visibility 29 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea turtles, sea lions, grouper and snapper fish. These dives had conditions like: *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 20 ft. We went 60 ft 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 Cabo Marshall at Isabella Island on Saturday, to dive with manta rays, eagle rays, barracudas, grouper and scorpion fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 82 F, *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 30 ft and went 70 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Wolf, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and moray eels. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 82F; *Water Temp. 76F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 65 ft deep. Current was strong in this journey.
Around Darwin and Wolf islands we saw sea lions, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 77 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 70 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 scorpion fish, parrot fish, sea lions and sea turtles. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 30 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 marine iguanas, mola molas, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses and sea turtles. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 82F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 25 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 and we
thank you for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Richard Vera & Nelson Martinez