Broken legs, giant turtles and rays
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
23Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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Meanwhile the rest of us investigated the rest of the island which presented numerous sea lions, iguanas, lava lizards and several birds. I'm not a great fan of birds by any means but these had such spectacular colourings and swooped and dived so enticingly that it turns out I took around 200 photos
After Ann was safely packed off to Quito, we sailed to Sante Fe, an island on the south eastern tip of Santa Cruz. The more south eastern the islands, the older they are as they travel away from the volcanic 'hot spot’ that is surrounded by Isabella Island. We started our introduction to this island with a snorkel in the bay. This was fantastic as although the water was still pretty nippy, I saw my first giant turtle. Its shell was probably a metre long and it swam so gracefully despite its bulky shape. We also played with some sea lions and a golden cowray. An additional bonus was seeing a huge flock of spotted eagle rays although this was from the boat afterwards.
We saw several endemic species on Sante fe – iguanas, lizards, finches, snakes and rats. We also smelled the incense tree which is deathly white throughout most of the year until the wet season when it suddenly blooms around Christmas time.