All I want for Xmas... is a baby sea lion

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Flag of Ecuador  , Galápagos,
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Not sure how this write up is going to do the Galapagos tour justice - this place was probably on the top of both of our 'must see' lists and it didnīt disappoint... We spent 7 nights on a great boat were we managed to forget we were backpackers and were treated with 1st class service (and back to 3 big meals a day!). But it wasn't about the accommodation, it was all about the wildlife - it is there for you to literally trip over and get very close to. The sea life didn't disappoint either and Gillian has now decided she doesnīt want a dog for Xmas but a baby sea lion instead.
This blog could go into a lot of detail but were sure we would loose you after the 1st page (if not already) so in true work reporting format here are bullet point highlights (some of which we managed to capture with the camera):
- walking through a sea lion colony and seeing a mother start to give birth
- playing with a baby sea lion in the sea with him / her mimicking our less then graceful turns / dives and spins - then coming up to our masks and eye balling each other so our noses were actually touching
- swimming with a grazing turtle and then a penguin turning up trying to catch fish - amazing how fast he was and how slow the turtle was.
- watching a blue footed boobie do its courting dance and it then paying off......
- being able to say boobie all the time
- watching a flock of rays swim past whilst snorkeling and not thinking about Steve Irwin
- seeing one of the sea lions chase a Japanese Tourist who tried to get too close
Even with a few sleepless nights due to rough seas (one night everything fell out of the cupboard and you could hear things crashing round the boat) this was an awesome experience and one that I hope none of you do so we can bore you time and time again with our pictures and stories.  Will try and upload some movie clips later too.
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