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Published: June 28th 2018
This morning we were anchored off the coast of Jervis Island or Rabida in Spanish. This island lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic activity. The beach is deep red surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones.
The morning activity involved a 'wet landing' so I declined and enjoyed a wonderful hour reading and relaxing on board the yacht. Don and Caroline went out on the Zodiac for a sightseeing ride around some of the Rabida Island coast. They saw a wide variety of birds including Pelicans, Herons, and Galapagos Brown Noddy Terns. There were also Sea Lions sitting or lounging on rock ledges by the slope to the shore.
They eventually arrived at a beach on Rabida and set out with the guide to see some of the local wildlife before snorkeling. They came upon a small lizard lurking by a large poo outside a cave where a pair of sea lions were sleeping, and decided it probably was not the lizard who had produced it.
Don found a Sea Turtle swimming around where he was
snorkeling and pointed it out to others who joined the chase. Even though they appear to swim at a leisurely pace, the sea turtles definitely move faster than the land tortoises!
After lunch there was a briefing by Herman about the make up of the islands. The Galapagos Islands are off the coast of Ecuador and on the Nazca Plate. he told us that around the world there are 42 hot spots, the largest being at Yellowstone which, if that volcano blows, the world could become an Ice age for 1000 years. The volcanic hotspots in the Galapagos are the islands of Isabella and Fernandina.
The climate from January to June is hot and wet and July to December it is cold and dry. Well those are relative terms - as the Galapagos spans the equator it is more subject to the temperatures and weather effects of the changing ocean currents than classic seasonal terms.
There are three currents which flow around the islands. The Humboldt Current cools the Galapagos as it comes from an Arctic Plate. The Panama Current comes in from Baja and the Cromwell Current comes from Australia.
On this current came 33 species of Sharks. Two non-flying birds - Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants - found there was plentiful food and so they stayed. There are two breeds of Sea Lions - the Galapagos and the Asian sea lion.
The sands are white. Parrot Fish form the white sand which is an accumulation of poop. Urchins digest shells and poop. The parrot fish eat the urchins and poop. Stingrays eat the shells and refine the sand. Puffer Fish eat the poop from cruise ships; Sea Cucumbers hoover up the sea floor and nothing is wasted.
The Galapagos, Columbia and Costa Rica form a triangle area of sharks. They need to keep moving 24 hours a day. They like to eat animals with a lot of blubber for the oil which they store in their livers. Sharks can go for up to two months without food.
After lunch we boarded the Zodiac for a sight seeing tour of Santiago Island to view sea lions and other aquatic life close up. One place where we lingered was Buccaneer's Cove on the west side of the island. Pirates and whalers and
other seafarers such as British buccaneers anchored here due to the protected cove and high cliffs. When Charles Darwin came to the Galapagos in 1935, he stayed on this particular island for about half his visit.
As we cruised around Santiago Island we saw many birds including the Blue Footed Booby, Pelicans, Herons, etc as well as Sea Lions and their babies.
When we got back to the yacht Don was completely done-in and Max was not feeling very well. After dinner I was in bed by 8.30 pm, but Don had gone to bed at 7.30 pm without even staying up to hear about the next day's touring.
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