Day 8: Seymour Norte Island - Sea lions, frigate birds, and more boobies! Saying goodbye :(

Seymour Norte Travel Blog

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There's a sea lion in this picture somewhere
The last night on the boat was a wonderful starry night.  We watched sharks, sea lions, and pelicans hunt in the waters lighted by the boat.  I was waiting for a shark to attack the sea lion or pelican but unfortunately it did not happen.  We turned the lights off upstairs and watched the crazily bright and twinkling stars .  There were so many stars (probably due to its location near the equator where constellations from both hemispheres can be seen).  There were also a ton of falling stars and almost no light pollution.

The next morning at 6:30 AM, we managed to squeeze in one more island before heading to the airport.  Seymour Norte is a small island with many birds and surprise, sea lions.  It was very dusty near the boat landing area and the sea lions were almost camaflauged.  I saw a baby sea lion (probably around 2 days old because its flippers were still pink) and it was sneezing and coughing in the dirt.
Baby sea lion
  So cute.

We also saw a juvenile sea lion with a huge bite in its tail from a shark attack but it was still living and just looked stunned. Poor thing.

There were young frigate birds recently hatched.  Also, blue-footed boobies were doing mating dances, whistling and strutting in step.  The male boobie will offer the female boobie a stick and if she accepts it, she's in.  We saw a female accept a stick after an elaborate dance by the male.  It was cool.  There was also a few land iguanas that had been introduced into Seymour from Baltra Island but could not reproduce well on the island because of the particular island characteristics and ecological niches.

Then we returned to the boat and went to Baltra to go to the airport.  Everyone was so happy and had a great time which made me happy.  In the end, the incredible diversity and approachability of the wildlife of the Galapagos sells itself.  I was sad to leave, especially Iiri who was always smiling and so nice.  On the ride back, I was already nostalgic but very fulfilled from the trip!

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Theres a sea lion in this picture…
There's a sea lion in this pictur…
Baby sea lion
Baby sea lion
Very young sea lion pup - notice p…
Very young sea lion pup - notice …
Very young sea lion pup - notice p…
Very young sea lion pup - notice …
Very young sea lion pup - notice p…
Very young sea lion pup - notice …
Poor sea lion that got bitten by a…
Poor sea lion that got bitten by …
View from Seymour Norte
View from Seymour Norte
Young frigate birds
Young frigate birds
Blue footed boobie with baby
Blue footed boobie with baby
Blue footed boobie with baby
Blue footed boobie with baby
Blue-footed boobie nest
Blue-footed boobie nest
Blue footed boobie male getting hi…
Blue footed boobie male getting h…
117,189 km (72,818 miles) traveled
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Seymour Norte
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