Lots of Boobies... And more overnight sailing, 6 - 10 June
06.06.2014 - 10.06.2014 32 °C
Day 2 itinerary
The Galápagos Islands are so unique. Only 3% of the islands are accessed by humans. The remainder is National Park. Tours and tourist numbers are restricted and pretty much everything is forbidden, for the sake of protecting the wildlife and it's habitat. Access into the National Park is only in certain areas with a guide/Park Ranger and only on designated paths. This protection and control means the animals do not feel threatened by the small groups of us humans that have come to have a look. As a result, we were able to get incredibly close to these wild animals in their natural habitats on land or in the water. Utterly amazing!
Today, for example, we got to see lots of wild Boobies...
Sorry lads, going to have to disappoint you. These Boobies are of the avian variety.
These are Masked Boobies
Red Footed Boobies
Male Frigates (they inflate their red pouches during the mating season)
A rare sighting... The Galapagos Owl. He's the brown bird-like object in the middle of the 2nd photo with the brown background...!
Before heading off on our afternoon excursion, we were taken snorkelling in open water. This was cut short when a number of us got caught up in a nasty swarm of jellyfish...
Rather painful when wrapped around your arm!
After a lot of vinegar and a rest on board, in the afternoon, off to Darwin Bay
To chill on the beach and get close to sea lions
And some more Frigates and Red Footed Boobies
A Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
And our lazy buddies, the Marine Iguanas
We were so close to the animals, it was unreal
A couple of our guys got creative on the beach
Then back to the boat for dinner and drinks on deck