8 March 2010, Galapagos

It’s Monday and our 2nd full day in the galapagos.  This morning we had a dry landing at “Punta Espinosa” on Fernandina Island.  The zodiak took us to a concrete peir in the mangroves where 3 sea lions were playing on and around the pier.  We walked over old lava flows and sand observing sea lions (many nursing pups), flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.  Our hike lasted about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  Back on board we had a naturalist lecture on the 13 species of Darwin Finches followed by a gourmet buffet lunch.
After lunch we anchored near “Punta Vicente Roca”, Isabella Island.  Deep water snorkeling was available by way of the zodiaks, but we elected to stay on board.  From the deck of the ship we observed sea turtles and sea lions swimming.  In the the late afternoon we had a “dingy” tour.  We boarded the zodiak which took us along the coastline to observe the geology and wildlife.  The dingy tour lasted a little over an hour and we observed sea lions, penguins and turtles swimming along side the zodiak.  On the lava cliffs we saw Blue Fotted Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigates, Brown Noddy Terns, Sally Lightfoot Crabs and marine iguanas.  Shortly after getting back on board the ship sailed north to cross the equator and there was a crossing the equator cocktail party (we actually cross the equator 4 times on this voyage.  After the cocktail party we had a briefing on tomorrows activities followed by dinner.

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