Day 6: Rabida Island - Red sand beaches, Nesting Pelicans, Panga Ride, More Boobies
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Rabida is well-known for its red sand beach due to the oxidation of the volcanic material from ocean breezes, rain and waves. We first went on a half-hour panga (dinghy) ride to see blue-footed boobies resting from their dive bomb kamikaze hunting ways (many of them die after being blinded by the impact of the water and can no longer feed), golondrinos (small fast, fluttering birds that hover above water feeding off the surface), and gaviotins (black-breasted shore birds).
On shore, there are dozens of nesting pelicans in the salt bushes near the beach. We then walked to a big lagoon where flamingos used to live but is now dominated by sea lions. Fearless Galapagos hawks sit in trees on the banks, letting themselves be photographed by countless tourists.
On the way back on the beach, a retarded, big fat white tourist was startled by a mother sea lion who was protecting her newborn. The tourist tried to hit the sea lion with his snorkel mask. Annoying tourists. I´m glad that my group was much better. The worst we had was one lady who always took forever on hikes because she filmed everything, even inanimate objects for long periods of time...I think she was making a documentary or I fear for her friends and family back home who will have to relive her trip second by second.