04.05.2011 - 05.05.2011
Day 6 - Santiago & Bartolome
Today we started out on Santiago island. At first I was not sure if I was going to go but was glad I did as the tide pools were pretty cool. Basically it was a number of lava flows tubes that captured fish, had a lot of crabs and iguanas every where. We also saw a lava heron and fur seals laying in the rocks by the tide pools. This was called the fur seal grotto. Afterward we had a lecture on geography. We then went upstairs to see Buccaneer's cove as we moved to Bartolome.
Snorkeling today was at Pinnacle rock by Bartolome. It was pretty murky so we didn't see much until near the end of the snorkel. Then we saw a penguin resting on a ledge and a puffer fish. After snorkeling we walked up to the summit of Punta Egret. Even though it was hazy you could see many of the surrounding islands. We even had a hawk hovering over us for a while. It was pretty cool.
Day 7 - Tower island
Holy birds! When we dropped anchor all you saw were birds above the island. Before breakfast we saw two white tip sharks swimming around the boat. After breakfast we headed over to Prince Phillip's steps and took a walk and saw two different red footed boobies (brown and white), Nazca boobies and their eggs or chicks (one which had just hatched and didn't have any feathers), lots of great frigatebirds, storm petrels and short eared owls. Afterward we snorkeled, the new fish we saw today were: four-eyed blenny, moorish idol, and blue chin parrot fish (actually we have seen him the last couple days).
The rest of the day we skipped the activities. There was a ponga ride where they saw more great frigates and storm petrels and then took a walk on the beach to see even more great frigates.