Thursday, October 9, 2014

Galapagos Trip - 5

Hi, In the morning I joined Ellen, Bill, Scott and Ryan for a hike ashore.

In this view our ship is at anchor.

Marine Iguanas are quite social, both with other Marine Iguanas and other species.  In the above photo two Sally Lightfoot crabs are crawling over a group of Iguanas.

Here two Iguanas are crawling over a group and

here a Lava Lizard is poised on a Marine Iguana.

I have always considered crabs as marine animals but they are almost always seen on land in the Galapagos.

On our hike a large group of resting Marine Iguanas blocked our path and we had to be very careful not to step on them as we passed.  Here Ryan is making his way,

then Bill

and finally Scott.

Marine Iguanas use their tails to propel them through the water.

Here are a pair of flightless cormorants.

Bill photographed Ryan and Scott examining a whale skeleton we found on the beach.

He also shot this Heron was patiently awaiting a fish.

This view of the island shows the part of the volcano that formed the island in the background.

In the afternoon we all went for a Zodiac ride.  Here are (from left to right) Ruthe, Ryan, Ellen and Scott.

We encountered a number of sea turtles.

This view of the island by Ruthe shows a couple of volcano craters.

At the end of the day Ruthe caught all the kids gathered in the lounge to play video games

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