Day 8 Galapagos Islands

Trip Start Oct 28, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Punta Suarez
We watch blue-footed boobies doing their mating dance, lifting and dilerabley placing their blue stocking feet in positions to ensure the best view for the viewer, throwing the sticks in the air, dipping their heads and flexing their wings - how could the girls not want him.

We see nesting Nazcars, which are like gannets except the golden heads.  It still amazes me how close we can get to the birds, and just watch them, if I wanted I could touch them (I do want actually, but not allowed ). 
I see a blue-footed boobie sitting on a egg, she gets up and rolls the egg, then places her blue feet on top the egg before settling again.

We see baby albatross, they look huge in comparison to their parents, this is because they have two layers of feathers, and they look like they need some grooming.

We come across a lovely hawk, floating over an updraft back and forth getting use to flying testing his wings.  Many times the animals look like they are posing especially for you.

Snorkel at Gardener Islet
Snorkel around a volcanic island, most of the life is near or on the walls.  The plan for this dive is come across sea lions to swim with.  It is interesting seeing albatrasitrous in the water, seeing what they do from under the water, their feet are made to push through the water, and it is magical to observe life in manners different to normal.  We see some sting rays, mostly grayish colours, and then spot a large black ray hiding under some rocks - he is not interested in coming out to play. 

We see a number of sea lions which are for all their awkwardness on land are purely designed to swim - twisting and turning, contorting, their sleek bodies at will and fancy.

Towards the end of the snorkel I come across a sea lion playing with a game with rocks, I try to engage in the female in play by mimic and she obliges me - so close I can touch, laughing, communicating via the joy of the moment - how I wish I was diving! I keep having to go up for breath!

Gardener Beach
A white sand beach with a colony of sea lions. 
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