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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jan 17th- 24th, 2019
Greetings from the Galapagos Islands!
We had the visit of new friends from many different countries: Carolina, Valeria and Luis from Panamá; Alistair, Kim and Adrian from UK, Susan from Australia; Chloe, Patrick and Lilian from USA, Bengt and Ninna from Sweden , Lior and Liat from Israel and Andre & Joao Pedro from Brazil. We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience.
We can detail our week as follows:
During the check dive at the Itabaca channel we saw stingrays, sea turtles and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 79 F, Water Temp. 74F, Visibility 70ft, 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 mobulas, sea lions, eagle rays, sea turtles, moray eels, scorpion fish and tropical fish too. Conditions: Air Temp. 80 F; Water Temp. 72 F and Visibility 70 ft. We went 102 ft deep.
Next day, we reached the northern islands up to Cabo Marshall at Isabella Island, to dive with hammerhead sharks, black tip sharks, white tip sharks, manta rays, marble rays, moray eels, sea turtles, mobulas, barracudas, sea lions and tropical fish. Our conditions were Air Temp. 81 F; Water Temp. 80 F; Visibility 50 ft and 94 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Wolf, one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, jacks, scorpion fish, black tip sharks, sea lions, moray eels, sergeant fish and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 81 F; Water Temp. 81 F; Visibility 80 ft and we went 98 ft deep.
Later on, around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, jacks, moray eels, flounders, lobsters, grouper, eagle rays and tropical fish on Monday. These conditions were: Air Temp. 81 F; Water Temp. 81 F; Visibility 50 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 mola molas, bat fish, sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays, sea horses, penguins and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 78F; *Water Temp. 66 F; * Visibility 30ft. This time, we had to go 105 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we got to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, barracudas, sea turtles, moray eels, eagle rays and tropical fish. Conditions: Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 72 F; Visibility 50 ft and we went 90 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 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 Jhon Carlos Yepez
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres & Ruben Intriago