Another early morning for us back to the Altamar for a new Island. At least we know the boat and know the food will be good and plentiful. Magpie is hoping for popcorn again for a snack. Who knows….
It is a different group of people today and we meet some Canadians and Americans. This time we sit up at the top with the Captain. It is a nice view and not so cool from the wind. We have a great chat about kids, homeschooling, travelling. Everyone thinks I am doing the right thing in showing the world to Magpie. It is amazing how many teachers we have met travelling. The time passes quickly.
This time the shuttle to the island is very rough. It is an overcast day and you definitely need a wind breaker and the seas are quite rough.
This is the island with the Blue Footed Boobies and the Frigate bird colonies. The land is incredibly rough and Magpie has a spill needing a band-aid and mom care and loses confidence in walking. It makes it a little hard for photos and walking side by side on a very little path. We manage, though this walk ends up being too long for what there is to see.
Don’t get me wrong we are enjoying it but there is only so much standing around looking at the same thing waiting for people to respect the rules that you can do. At the same time I am not sure about getting back on the boat with how rough the waters are.
Now some info:
Frigate birds – these are black birds from the same family as the albatross with the males having the red pouch. It is mating season so the males are making nests and puffing out their pouches to attract the females. The nests are not the best so some eggs are lost from nests tipping. The frigate soars over the water looking for food but cannot get its wings wet. Needless to say our guide told us that 75% of the frigate population dies every year for different reasons, like the ones I mentioned. These birds are amazing with their pouches and wing span.
Blue Footed Boobie – these birds are a water bird and make their nests on the ground. When they were first discovered the nests were easy to rob so they were called boobies. Way back it meant “not to smart”. Now-a-days it means something else which I am sure I do not have to explain. The females feed themselves and the babies, therefore needing a longer time to go and find food. The fathers look after the babies during that time and sometimes the babies start looking to the father for food. The blueness of their feet comes from the food that they eat. These birds are an endemic species.
Land Iguana – these guys were almost wiped out and were moved here to help re-populate them. It has worked. You find a male iguana under each cactus tree sometimes two, which is rare. The dominant male is decided by size with little to no fighting. It is funny to see them flopped out so relaxed. If the cactus tree is too tall for them they wait until a fruit ripens and falls down as they can go without food for weeks.
We all manage to get back onto the boat without any mishaps. Lunch is again waiting for us and is as good as yesterday. While we are eating the boat is travelling to the snorkelling area which is a beach today. The only problem is the weather. It is so overcast with a slight wind that it is cold. Who would have thought I would be cold on a beach in the Galapagos.
Magpie tries out the snorkelling gear but is raising too much sand in the water making it cloudy. We see lots of fish and if I stand still I feel like I am back in Bangkok with my feet is a fish spa. Magpie is laughing at me. It seems all animals come to me without me trying to get them too. I try to take some photos with the underwater camera but nothing really comes out well.
We decide to take a walk along the beach and see what else we can find as there are not a lot of animals here. As we are walking we realize there are lots of little crabs hiding in the sand. Phillipe, our guide, holds one up for us to have a closer look. They are much larger than the ones in Bali.
We keep on going on our walk and find a small pool isolated from the tides. This little tide pool is full of hermit crabs. I take some pictures and the water is so clear you do not see it in the photo. Our guide calls us back as it is time to go back to the boat.
This time the snack is not popcorn but cheese and crackers which we cannot partake in.
All in all it is another good day but a little on the cool side.
We finish today with dinner at Williams which is on Kiosk Road. This is an area where the street gets closed down after 6 pm for outdoor restaurants. Williams is the more famous one with its menu painted on the wall. Quite cool and fast.