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We moved 100 miles in the night with the Captain on Whale watch (hoping to see Orca’s, Sperm Whales and possibly Blue Whales). He was going to wake everyone on the speaker system should he see one. Unfortunately, no announcement came and sleep was enjoyed until 7:00am.

Again we pigged out at breakfast to prepare ourselves for our big day. First off we checked out some graffiti left on the rocks by sailors from the 1800’s to present day. It seems even the Galapagos islands are not even free from vandals. On our walk to the ridge top we mainly saw different types of Darwin Finches. However, there was some red headed Lava Lizards (like V) that made a nice change from birds.

Every island here was formed by volcanic activity, so every time we set foot on land it is on solidified molten lava at different stages of its development. The hike to the ridge top allowed us to look over the valley and see where the lava had “recently” flown down devastating everything in its path. We also passed by the volcanic crater that had now filled with water, this is due to the fact that volcanic rock is permeable so fills with sea water (not rain).

Back in the Pangas we took a ride out to the point where penguins where swimming, chilling and mating on the rocks. That’s right we watched two penguins go at it, even got to see its little penguin penis. A quick trip back to our floating village allowed us to grab our snorkelling gear and return to swim with penguins. The penguins had other ideas. When we returned they had all decided it was slightly chilly and were heating themselves on the rocks. So like idiots we swam around them waiting. Waiting turned out to be rather eventful, we got to see the flightless cormorant (a bird) swimming underwater along with a marine iguana, lots of fish and a ton of giant turtles. Being pressed for time we could wait for the penguins no longer and had to leave. As the last person got back into the boat the penguins decided it was swim time. Official comment: “Shit Happens”.

During lunch we sailed to a nearby island allowing us all to return to the pangas and be taken back to shore. This island’s speciality was Marine Iguanas but also played host to a whale’s skeleton, some camera obsessed crabs, the usual handful of boisterous sea lions and a lava flow boasting large, deep cracks between its giant segments. Spent a couple of hours exploring this island being careful not to walk on the soft sand where the Marine Iguanas have laid all their eggs. We headed back in time to watch the sunset over on the horizon.

Same protocol for the evening. Briefing followed by dinner followed by an early night. Tonight we only travel around the corner in calm water so hopefully it will be a comfortable sleep.

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