Day 13 – NW side of Isabela Island

We started the day in Tagus Cove on the Northwest side of Isabela Island. We had an early morning climb up to see Lake Darwin, then had breakfast and went snorkeling. Oh, the snorkeling was wonderful (again!). A young sea lion briefly swam right next to me. We saw a bunch of sea turtles, a sea horse and many, many beautiful fishes. In the afternoon, we visited Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island and saw a very large assembly of marine iguanas.

We had an early morning climb
Lots of graffiti - some over 100 years old.
We let the sea lion keep the steps; we walked around him.
Walking around the sea lion
Once we gained some altitude, we looked back on our boats.
Here was the view from the top.
Another view
Our day's schedule
After breakfast, we took a dingy ride along this rock shelf.
From the dingy we could see several penguins and crabs
A penquin (seen from the dingy)
A heron
Another view of a heron (seen from a dingy)
Another view of the rock shelf.  Interesting geology..
More of the local geology
A flightless cormorant, doing what cormorants often do....
Geology again
In case you were wondering, here is a picture of our cabin.
We figured out how to dry our swimwear suspending a line between the cabin door and a coat rack.
In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina Island.
A Galapagos Hawk
 A panorama
We saw many, many iguanas today.
Iguanas
More iguanas
More iguanas
More iguanas...seen enough?
Lucky catch - iguanas all lined-up
Look at how well the iguanas blend in.
A cute Galapagos lizard
View from Fernandina Island
A pretty heron who seems to like to pose
The sand was full of bits of lava (basalt), shells, and urchin spines.
A posing lizard
Bones from a small whale and some bones from a sea lion
Peter examining the bones
A panorama from Fernandina Island
Our group on the beach
Interesting lava
A beetle
Another view of the beetle

We had an early morning climb

We are at Tagus Cove on the Northwest side of Isabela Island.

Lots of graffiti - some over 100 years old.

This area is well protected and had been used by early pirates and whalers.

To find out more, see http://www.galapagos.org/about_galapagos/isabela/

We let the sea lion keep the steps; we walked around him.

Walking around the sea lion

Once we gained some altitude, we looked back on our boats.

Here was the view from the top.

Tagus Cove from near the top of the hill with the salt lagoon in the foreground.

Another view

Our day's schedule

After breakfast, we took a dingy ride along this rock shelf.

Later on, we went snorkeling along this rock shelf.

From the dingy we could see several penguins and crabs

A penquin (seen from the dingy)

A heron

Another view of a heron (seen from a dingy)

Another view of the rock shelf. Interesting geology..

More of the local geology

A flightless cormorant, doing what cormorants often do....

Somehow, these birds lost their ability to fly, but still dry/warm-up by holding their wings out. (seen from dingy)

Geology again

See the contours of the lava and distant the hills.

In case you were wondering, here is a picture of our cabin.

We figured out how to dry our swimwear suspending a line between the cabin door and a coat rack.

In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina Island.

Shortly after arriving, we saw these two Galapagos Hawks.

A Galapagos Hawk

A panorama

We saw many, many iguanas today.

Iguanas

More iguanas

More iguanas

More iguanas...seen enough?

Lucky catch - iguanas all lined-up

Look at how well the iguanas blend in.

A cute Galapagos lizard

View from Fernandina Island

A pretty heron who seems to like to pose

The sand was full of bits of lava (basalt), shells, and urchin spines.

The long pencil-like shapes are from local species of sea urchins. We saw a number of these sea urchins while snorkeling - While living, the spines of the urchins can be a bright red-orange and they can be very beautiful. Here is a page of images from Google (link). Wiki says "Heterocentrotus mamillatus, commonly known as the slate pencil urchin, red slate pencil urchin, or red pencil urchin, is found throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, but is most abundant in Hawai‘i. Specimens from Hawai‘i tend to have bright red spines, while specimens from other parts of the Pacific may have yellowish or brown spines." The urchins we saw varied, but the most vibrant were the red ones. Here is the Wiki page (link).

A posing lizard

Bones from a small whale and some bones from a sea lion

Peter examining the bones

A panorama from Fernandina Island

Our group on the beach

Interesting lava

A beetle

Another view of the beetle

We had an early morning climb thumbnail
Lots of graffiti - some over 100 years old. thumbnail
We let the sea lion keep the steps; we walked around him. thumbnail
Walking around the sea lion thumbnail
Once we gained some altitude, we looked back on our boats. thumbnail
Here was the view from the top. thumbnail
Another view thumbnail
Our day's schedule thumbnail
After breakfast, we took a dingy ride along this rock shelf. thumbnail
From the dingy we could see several penguins and crabs thumbnail
A penquin (seen from the dingy) thumbnail
A heron thumbnail
Another view of a heron (seen from a dingy) thumbnail
Another view of the rock shelf.  Interesting geology.. thumbnail
More of the local geology thumbnail
A flightless cormorant, doing what cormorants often do.... thumbnail
Geology again thumbnail
In case you were wondering, here is a picture of our cabin. thumbnail
We figured out how to dry our swimwear suspending a line between the cabin door and a coat rack. thumbnail
In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina Island. thumbnail
A Galapagos Hawk thumbnail
 A panorama thumbnail
We saw many, many iguanas today.  thumbnail
Iguanas thumbnail
More iguanas thumbnail
More iguanas thumbnail
More iguanas...seen enough? thumbnail
Lucky catch - iguanas all lined-up thumbnail
Look at how well the iguanas blend in. thumbnail
A cute Galapagos lizard thumbnail
View from Fernandina Island thumbnail
A pretty heron who seems to like to pose thumbnail
The sand was full of bits of lava (basalt), shells, and urchin spines.  thumbnail
A posing lizard thumbnail
Bones from a small whale and some bones from a sea lion thumbnail
Peter examining the bones thumbnail
A panorama from Fernandina Island thumbnail
Our group on the beach thumbnail
Interesting lava thumbnail
A beetle thumbnail
Another view of the beetle thumbnail