Courting Cormorants and White Tip Sharks
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
97Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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We saw lots of - you guessed it - marine iguanas on this island and a geographical feature lovingly called Darwin's Toilet. It's an outlet for ocean spray so when the waves crash in, it fills up and then empties as the tide goes out. Caleb and Aiden stood watching this phenomenon for a long time, even declaring it was like a toilet before Javier told us it's name. Boys and their potty humour!
The crew had planned a soccer match on this island and we all wanted to go watch and cheer for our guys, but snorkelling won out and we are grateful it did as we saw white tip sharks this time. Unfortunately, Jim's underwater camera bit the dust the previous day and so we weren't able to get any more underwater shots on this trip. The sharks were about six feet in length and there were a couple of them under us swimming back and forth along the reef. They darted about quite quickly! We also swam with a few more sea lions that wanted to play. I couldn't believe how dense some of the schools of fish were. I swam through one so thick that I couldn't see any blue water on the other side of it.
After snorkelling, we went back to the boat and swam around it for a while. Giovanni, one of the engineers, was so kind to Caleb, encouraging him to jump from the sun deck. He talked with Caleb for a long while and then to show him it was no big deal, Giovanni climbed the ladder to the very top roof and DOVE in! Caleb was so determined it would be his turn today for jumping, that he took the plunge!
We went snorkelling again after lunch at a different spot and then the boys went to the beach and for a hike while I lounged on the sun deck. It was a beautiful sunny day with warm waters this time!