Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise

An early morning panga ride to Urbina Bay gave us the opportunity to observe active tortoises.  Several tortoises were moving up the trail.  One was in a mud pit.  Three were grazing in an open field.  As the temperature warms up, tortoises find hiding spots.  Several land iguanas were evident along the trail, too.  Finches, of course, are ever present.  After breakfast on the Top Top II, we returned to Urbina Bay for a coastal walk.  In places the lava required some careful climbing.  Our destination was a spot that featured remnants of brain coral.  Along the way we spotted sea lions, flightless cormorants, and yellow warblers.

Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Penguin

In the afternoon a panga ride into Elizabeth Bay allowed us to observe more wildlife.  Two separate clumps of golden rays glided near the water’s surface.  Sea turtles could be seen in the clear water.  Galapagos penguins were feeding and one posed on a rock.  A sea lion rested hidden in a mangrove.  A great blue heron stood camouflaged in the mangrove.  A brown pelican perched in a tree surrounded by water and blue footed boobies stood on nearby rocks.  Another memorable sunset completed a wonder filled day in the Galapagos.

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