Day seven on the Galapagos Islands and we head to Floreana in the morning. It’s a grey old day but the sun tries to break through the clouds and illuminates the greenish coloured waters along the protected beach. Here, many stingrays rest only a few metres along the shore to feed on baby crustaceans. Being super careful, we are able to wade in to see a few rays pop up only centimetres from our feet.
We stop by the lagoon and spot some flamingos, feeding on shrimp. The population of flamingos have fluctuated over the years depending on the number of sea lions who like to reign on the party, but we see about 8 of them during the session. As we wait to be picked up by the boat we spot quite a number of Blue Footed Boobies circling above a school of fish and diving into the water, one after the other. We encountered this behaviour again whilst we are snorkelling and seeing the Boobies dive down like bullets only metres away from us.
On the way back to the boat we spot a pod of dolphins as well which is pretty cool. It’s probably the largest pod that I’ve encountered during this trip. The way they glide through the water is a site that I can never grow tired of.
In the afternoon we head to Santa Cruz, the main island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre. Here they have a Giant Tortoise breeding program. Although it’s cool what they do with repopulating the islands with the endangered animals, it’s not the most exciting thing we’ve done for the week given we’ve been seeing animals in the wild all week and now to seeing them within enclosures.
A pod of dolphins just offshore
Charles Darwin Research Centre, Santa Cruz