January 19, 2012

DAY 63



trip to

As we were in the small zodiac boat headed to the island, we passed a plastic water bottle floating. It was obvious the tour guide and the boat driver saw it, it was less then two feet away as we were passing it. I had to ask them to stop and go back to pick it up. The crew person driving the boat seemed a bit annoyed at having to even bother with it.





"The Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), also known as the Galapagos Cormorant, is a cormorant native to the Galapagos Islands, and an example of the highly unusual fauna there. It is unique in that it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly. With only 1500 estimated individuals, it is one of the world's rarest birds and is the subject of an active conservation program."
I thought it was an interesting bird, info from wikipedia



Flightless Cormorant



Flightless Cormorant







Blue-footed Boobies



Flightless Cormorant







Theses are the only penguins that live this far north. The only reason the live here is because of a current of cold water that flows through here. They live here year round and do not migrate. All other penguins are at the southern tips of south America, Africa and in the Antarctic region.

"The Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin endemic to the Galapagos Islands. It is the only penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild; it can survive due to the cool temperatures resulting from the Humboldt Current and cool waters from great depths brought up by the Cromwell Current. " from wikipedia




Bluefooted Boobies








It was a feeding frenzy with Bluefooted Boobies, Pelicans, and Penguins feeding on a school of fish.

















Audree and Jade


Simon and Audree

During the evening Simon and I stayed up after everyone else went to bed. I enjoy conversations with people when I meet someone with a similar philosophy. Simon and Audree are on this trip with their two year old girl, Jade, and their three month old baby girl, Pennylove. They have a lot of experience traveling and this journey will be for two months before returning home to Canada.




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