Trip Start Jul 01, 2012
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galapagos,
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quite a bumpy cruise again onto the next Island after dinner last night - Plazas Sanata Fe.

We had breakfast and then did a dry landing in the rib.

It is only a small island but there are colonies of sea lions who don't even move when you walk around them. Take a look at the pics...

Yet more bloody Iguanas each protecting it's own cactus tree which is it's source of food.

Charles Darwin came to the Galapagos in 1834 for 6 weeks! He must have done something very naughty.

Joking aside it is quite a place to come and visit ...but 6 weeks?

Back to the boat for lunch and then off to another part of the island and anchor up in a secluded cove to go snorkelling with the seal pups!

Quite amazing really. As soon as you go in the water they are there swimming around you. When you dive under the water and swim around they follow and swim at you, just turning at the last second - a truely amazing experience.

We then swam on and crossed to the middle of bay where we were able to dive down and see Pacific Turtles. Again quite something.

After an hour or so of this we swam back to Millenium for dinner.

Joey and I were the only ones without wet suits. Our American colleagues had black suits with pink arms - a rare Galapagos type of Penguin came to mind.

A quick shower and change and we were off again to land at the beach on the other side of the island where the sea lions were congregating for their afternoon and night time sleep.

Have a look at some of the video.

You're probably wondering at this point why this heading is Mutiny. Well, up to this point we had seen masses of Iguanas, a penguin and a couple of Falmingos - but no Giant Tortoise.

Apparently this wasn't on the agenda. Our last day tomorrow was to be taken up visiting Critobal Interpretation Centre. As good as this might be one cannot come to the Galapagos and not see a tortoise!

So we rallied the troops and had an international contingent of Canadians, Americans and us Brits - amazing how we all pull together in a crisis. After threatening to cast the crew adrift in a lifeboat without food or water and take charge of the vessel, we had the itinerary changed to go on a tortoise hunt.

Off we went to bed when the ship set sail at 21:30 crashing through the swell and throwing everybody about in their cabins. Not easy going to the loo in situations such as this.
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