Let's start with the crabs that seem to proliferate all over the islands. They start out small and black - a great camouflage against the lava rock - and grow into a wondrous red orange, reminiscent of fire. They're rock climbers of the first degree and can also scale wharf piles, cement block and other smooth surfaces effortlessly.
|"Hey...heeey" quote from Finding Nemo|
|Spider crab, spider crab climbs whatever a spider crab can|
|The penguin stands alone|
|The noble penguin surveying his kingdom|
Then there are the sea turtles. While they spend most of their lives in the water they do come to land to lay their eggs. We were visiting during the incubation season, so we didn't see any on shore, but we did see their nests marked out carefully, so they wouldn't be disturbed. We swam with these amazing creatures. Some were platter sized and others could have been ridden if you were brave enough, and it wasn't against the rules.
|"Eat my dust, land lubber!"|
|We played "sea lion or rock"|
|"Yes, I'm THAT adorable!"|
|"Got fish?" (With our new friend Clare)|
|The sea lion is thinking "maybe just a lick?"|
|Got my bed sorted|
|Now for a pillow|
|Anything else that I need?|
|I'm so proud, I made my own bed!|
|And now I'm tuckered out.|
|C'mon! Swim with me!|
|Man, are you slow! Hurry up.|
The dock in Santa Cruz is a favourite spot for the adults and they like taking up the benches and catching up on sleep. We even caught on snoring. (I wish the audio was better.)
The notorious Gabrielus Aquaticus (aka our guide Gabriel, seen both on land and in the water)
Our final installment will show pictures of the landscapes and flora as well as tips about cruising the Galapagos. You're holding out like champs, one more post to go!