Baltra, where the airport is located, is my first island in the Galapagos. Stepping out of the plane I could feel everyone’s excitement. The sun was sunnier, temperature higher, everything felt different and exciting. We’re in the Galapagos! When we arrived at the dock where our boat for the week awaits, right on cue, a sea lion was there to greet us. We developed a routine of exploring an island in the morning, followed by snorkeling, then exploring another island in the afternoon, followed by another snorkeling. The animals are so used to humans, they just ignore us and go about their business. Sea lions and hammerhead sharks swim along with humans. Without threat from predators like in the wild, most animals seem almost oblivious to danger. Galapagos is their paradise. And it is beautiful. These photos don’t do it justice.
the welcome sea lion at the dock 🙂
orange crabs. They were practically in every island I visited.
Green footed booby
a young green footed booby on the left (their feet don’t have color until they’re grown). To the right is an adult green footed booby.
Genovese Island is the bird capital in the Galapagos
Male Frigate Bird
Male and female frigates. To find a mate the male blows up his red sac, the bigger the sac, the more chance he will attract a female. (Size matters!)
Red footed booby
blue footed booby
Female Frigate with baby
a frigate bird chasing another bird. Frigates steal food from others.
Bartolome Island at dawn (I was up because I was sea sick all night)
Santiago Island formed by volcanic lava.
female lizard (wearing lipstick)
Bahia Ballena Island
a baby giant tortoise
Rabida Island with red sand because of iron deposits.
Dolphins!! It was our last day sailing and our captain came out screaming “dolphins!” “dolphins!” (in spanish of course)
frigates on the boat