Santiago (Jim’s namesake) Island

This morning started off with a killer panga ride along the cliffs and outlying islets of Santiago Island.  Fair warning, it’s REALLY hard to take decent pictures when you’re sitting on the side of of bobbing little boat, so some of these photos are more, shall we say suggestive, of what we saw than truly representational.  However, the later land-based photos will hopefully make up for it.

During the panga ride, we saw the first of the Blue-footed Boobys for which the Galápagos are famous.  However, even more cool, we saw lots of sea turtle bobbing in the waves!  A blue heron graced us with his presence on a rock outcropping really close to our boat.  Then we got to see some Manta rays breaking the surface, as the chased some amazing schools of surgeon fish massing at the surface. As a preview of things to come, we also saw our first marine iguana basking in the sun. This afternoon, we hope to see more of these prehistoric-looking reptiles.

Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

Santiago Island

A pirate's crew
A pirate’s crew
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
A marine iguana
A marine iguana
The Blue Heron
The Blue Heron
Santiago Island
Bishop’s Rock
Santiago Island
Santiago Island

Then we returned to the ship for some snorkel time.

Later that afternoon, we landed on Santiago, and were immediately greeted by more fur seals.  We even captured some video of a baby fur seal nursing!

Fur seals
Fur seals
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Fur Seal Nursing
Fur Seal Nursing
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Some other kind of lizard
Some other kind of lizard
Marine Iguana blocking the path
Marine Iguana blocking the path

As we hiked over the lava, we began to see the marine iguanas, as well as some lizards.  We dodged a small rainstorm, and then I spent some time chasing Sally Lightfoot crabs through the tide pools for pictures, and we even got some decent late afternoon seashore shots.  We’re looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

Another one!
Another one!
 Farewell to Santiago Island
Farewell to Santiago Island
Marine Iguana & Sally Lightfoot crabs
Marine Iguana & Sally Lightfoot crabs

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