Day 4: Floreana Island - Green sand beaches, Rays, Turtles, and Sea Lions!

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Punta Cormoran: Green sand beach

Punta Cormoran

Early morning start at 6 AM to hike around Punta Cormoran (Point Cormorant).  The wet landing was had us disembark on a beautiful green sand beach from the olivine crystals.  We hiked by bright pink flamingos in a huge salt-water lagoon.  We then strolled to a gorgeous tiny white sand beach with dozens of rays in the sand right the water´s edge.  No one else was on beach and we had great views of the Islas Champion and Enderby.  It was absolutely like paradise.

 

Devil's Crown

We snorkeled in the eroded crater of Devil´s Crown where there were strong currents around the rim and especially in the the shallow sandy bottom middle.

Punta Cormoran: flamingo lagoon
  For a while, it felt like I was in some sort of swim treadmill, going absolutely nowhere.  We saw a school of maybe 70-80 golden cownose rays, beautiful coral, and a large school of spotted eagle rays, which has been on my ¨To Spot¨ list for a while now - yes!  And of course, some turtles and sea lions.

 

Post Office Bay

Post Office Bay is so named for an ancient system of mail in which whalers and sailors would leave messages in a barrel to be delivered.  They would also take any messages addressed to areas they might travel in.  I left a postcard for Hawaii and took a postcard addressed for Hong Kong (where I´m headed in late January).

Punta Cormoran: Healthy flamingo
  The actual barrel is now surrounded by a lot of pieces of wood with people´s names. The whole thing is actually a bit of an eye sore, but cool nonetheless.  While the crew of Friendship played a bloody game of soccer against the crew of another boat on a sand field, I went snorkeling and played with sea lions for about half an hour (limited only by my imminent hypothermia).  They are extremely playful and come swimming upside down right up to your face on the surface and at the last moment, do a backflip and swim away. Sometimes, they hover right in front of your face checking you out.  We were playing with 2 juveniles as the adults were probably away hunting.

I saw a large sea trutle on the way back which appeared out of nowhere (due to the bad visibility).  I scratched its back and patted its mossy, slimy head and went on my way! 

katienoahmaya says:
We just saw Spotted Eagle Rays the easy way at the Atlantis Hotel lagoons on Paradise Island in the Bahamas!! We did not swim with them. :-( but did see someone put food in their mouths. Katie
Posted on: Jan 13, 2008
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Punta Cormoran: Green sand beach
Punta Cormoran: Green sand beach
Punta Cormoran: flamingo lagoon
Punta Cormoran: flamingo lagoon
Punta Cormoran: Healthy flamingo
Punta Cormoran: Healthy flamingo
Palo santo tree
Palo santo tree
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Beautiful beach on other side of …
Beautiful beach on other side of p…
Beautiful beach on other side of …
No footsteps
No footsteps
My feet
My feet
View of Islas Enderby and Champion…
View of Islas Enderby and Champio…
Me and Jacinto - Viva Galapagos!
Me and Jacinto - Viva Galapagos!
Devil´s Crown
Devil´s Crown
Devil´s Crown
Devil´s Crown
Devil´s Crown: School of golden c…
Devil´s Crown: School of golden …
Devil´s Crown: School of golden c…
Devil´s Crown: School of golden …
Devil´s Crown: Cool coral (one of…
Devil´s Crown: Cool coral (one o…
Spotted eagle ray - yes!
Spotted eagle ray - yes!
The Post Office of Post Office Bay
The Post Office of Post Office Bay
Me leaving my postcard bound for H…
Me leaving my postcard bound for …
Crews playing soccer
Crews playing soccer
Where are you headed?
Where are you headed?
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Turtle
Play with me!
Play with me!
Play with me!
Play with me!
Play with me!
Play with me!
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My attempt to get a picture with …
Sea lion showing off
Sea lion showing off
Sea lions horsing about...or sea l…
Sea lions horsing about...or sea …
Turtle
Turtle
See ya later!
See ya later!
Good bye Floreana!
Good bye Floreana!
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