Day 3 - October 14, 2013 - North Seymour & Santa Cruz Islands
By Cesar Buchelli, Naturalist
Weather: Partially Cloudy
Air Temperature: 20ºC
Pressure: 934 hPa
Wind: 5 knots
I woke up this morning looking at the sunlight and said to myself it will be a wonderful day.
We started the day with a quiet breakfast, fruit, juice, and yogurt. Full of energy we disembarked at 7:45 with a beautiful weather, which was perfect for our visit. We had 12 guests in the Zodiac; all ready to learn about this wonderful paradise of the Galapagos Islands.
The disembarkation was very easy as it was a dry landing. After a few tips and instructions we started the tour. We started with the surprise of Blue Footed Boobies in front of us resting over the rocks, and with many Iguanas also enjoying the sunlit formations. It was wonderful to see the vivid blue colors of their feet, they seemed to be saying “welcome to visit my home”.
As we followed the trail close to the sea, we spotted a female Sea Lion with her Cub behind a rock. Her body was all covered in blood, this meant that we had a new Sea Lion on the island. In the future we may see a new alpha male or another breading female in the area. We also saw Marine Iguana’s; however they were not as big as the ones we saw previously. Another attraction today was the Land iguanas’ eating Salt Bush.
North Seymour Island is relatively flat and small but extremely interesting in Fauna and Flora. The visit was excellent, with nice temperature and we completed the itinerary with a viewing of Frigate Birds. We saw the macho males with the inflated red sack attempting to attract a female.
Back onboard, we prepared for the next activity: snorkeling. We saw many types of colorful fish as well as a very playful and friendly Sea Lions.
In the afternoon, we started the excursions in Itabaca Canal, in between Baltra and Santa Cruz, where busses were waiting for us. The ride to the highland took about 40mins and we saw the dramatic changes in vegetation. On the way to the ranch, we spotted Giant Tortoises on the side of the road, which looked like prehistoric animals. It is fascinating to learn about how these amazing reptiles live, eat, weigh, and how they came from the mainland to the Galapagos Islands.
After the exploration in the area, we continued to the Lava Tunnels. It was very interesting to talk about their formation millions of years ago by lava flow. Followinig this excursion we took the bus back to the landing site and returned onboard Silver Galapagos. NICE DAY… I REALLY ENJOYED IT.
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