Saturday 29th August 2015 – Afternoon
At 2pm we got into the panga and did a wet landing at another beach called Puerto Egas. View of the beach.
View of the boat from the beach.
We dropped our bags and shoes and got into snorkeling gears and then we snorkeled from the beach. My great snorkeling buddy Patrick was super happy to see a white tip shark but I missed it. There were lots of seals though and it was nice to swim with them.Chris the Dutch guy had a go pro and made a video on which I am trying to move my arms like if I had fins to attract the attention of a sea lion. It was really funny to watch later on. I wanted the sea lion to come play with me but it didn’t work. I need to try out other tricks. Swimming next to sea lions is fantastic though. We saw again the Mexican Hogfish which we are really getting familiar with, and its juvenile stages and also the King Angelfish which remains our favourite. We also some orange triggerfish.
One of the cool fish was the longfin halfbeak which is a tiny fish the length of a small finger but even thinner than that maybe and swims just below the surface in schools and has a shape of an espadon.
We saw a ray towards the end, but not sure if it was a marble ray or diamond stingray.
After the snorkle, we changed into walking gears and followed the guide for a one-way walk.
View of the surroundings
Iguanas and their natural habitat
We kept walking along the beach.
Sea lions bathing
Lots of crabs.Carlos explained to us how his uncle and dad used to go hunting crabs at night with a torch. They would flash the crab and it would freeze and they just had to collect crabs and put them in a bag and bring them back and then the next day would be a feast to eat all those crabs. Now that the national park has forbidden the hunting of crabs, locals can not do that anymore.
Walking around. There were awesome lava formations and stones and really cool ponds of water where the herons were hiding to hunt fishes and the sea lions were resting.
Another type of heron fishing too.
Sea lion resting.
Sea lion swimming
The protected water hole in which herons and sea lions were.
Then we got back into the panga, back to the boat. Cruising away at sunset. Patrick who is also a keen photographer explained me how to use a polarised filter. Like that filter, maybe I should get one, it creates metallic colours when shooting the sea.
Volcanoes formation we passed.
The bar and long chairs area at sunset
We had the briefing about the next day during which Carlos explained to us the three different currents which hit the Galapagos. Then Chris showed his go pro videos. We love those little video sessions every day. Then chatted for a while.
Then it was 9.20pm only but we were really tired and already ready to go to bed. The full moon was shining, we almost saw the moon rise above the ocean a bit after sunset.
So pretty moon.
Et voila. Two more full days to go. Already 5 days gone. Crazy how time flies hey. That evening we stayed where we landed, near Rabida island. It should be a quiet night with no risk of rough sea. I somehow feel like I sleep better when the boat is moving all night actually!!
Tomorrow morning, Rabida island!