Isla Floreana

Trip Start Jan 23, 2008
Trip End May 23, 2008

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Post Office Bay
This is a previous settlement, where over a centuries-old post system is still in place. You put in your mail, then go through all the other mail to see if there is something that you can deliver. If you can, you do. Amazingly, we put in a post card for my parents in little New Palestine, Indiana. They received it less than a week later!!! Eat yer heart out, Fed Ex!

Lava Tunnel
A short walk from the post office, a gaping hole in the earth leads to a massive lava tube. There are several lava tubes all over the volcanic slag heaps that makes up the Galapagos. It was cool exploring by headlamp, although with the limited visibility and our sea legs, I was crazy dizzy down there.

Corona del Diablo
I am sorry that I do not have photos to share of this amazing place. Itīs a sunken volcanic caldera that hosts a rich community of corals and associated sea life. Hereīs a VERY incomplete species list (a laminated fish guide would be a GREAT thing to have here)
Sea stars
Green and Pencil sea urchins
sea lions (amazing acrobatics underwater)
mexican hogfish
parrotfish spp.
yellowtail surgeonfish
moorish idol
sharks! (Bill saw, not me)

Punta Cormorant
We steamed around to the other side of Floreana in the afternoon. This side of the island is quite different, with a variety of very intersting trees. It also hosts a brackish lake home to a large flock of flamingos. And guess what? They are really PINK. The black beach here is also a popular area for sea turtles to nest, and we saw many swimming out in the bay. Also, we saw rays surfing in the shallows here. Gotta watch where you step!

Yellow crowned night heron
Yellow finch pair
Leatherleaf tree
White mangrove
Palo santo (fragrant incense tree)

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