BARTOLOME - PINNACLE ROCK, PENGUINS, SALLY LIGHT FOOT CRABS OH MY!!!!
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(ATTACKED BY MOSQUITOES, COLLECTED TRASH AND NO TIME FOR SNORKELING...*SIGH*)
NOTE: I KNOW WHAT TYPE OF CRAB IS "MR CRABS" (SPONAGE BOB SQUARE PANTS) IS, A GHOST CRAB :)
As the zodiac went closer to pinnacle rock, we saw boobies, pelicans and penguins. There were snorkelers nearby the shore. Then, we heard one of them say PENGUINS!!!! then moments later in the corner in my eye. I saw 2 penguins jumped up and perched themselves on a rocky shore with 2 other penguins. They are so cute.
Then in the back of the boat, Cindy yells SHARK!!!!! it was a white tip shark, juvenile, they are not harmful.
Then I see the other snorkelers rush to shore very slowly to not panic. HAHAHAH they were moving fast though HAHAHAHA. I would love to snorkel where at. However, I knew we would not have time to snorkel. The sun was setting and I would murky and I would not expect to find turtles and sea lions.
Then we had a wet landing on the beach. Rogelio was our naturalist here. We walked through the isthmus that separates the two main beaches.
NOTE: OMG WE WERE ATTACKED BY MOSQUITOS WHILE WALKING HERE. I WALKING AND SHEWING THEM WE MY ARMS LIKE A CRAZED LUNATICâ�¦..HAHAHAHA
I am glad I brought my insect repellant. I was getting grossed out biting my legs and arms. I got out there with about 15 bites. We discovered the stagnant water nearby the beach. URG that is where the core was, UUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHH.
However, the walk was peaceful.
We saw sea turtle nests with pieces of shells on top of the nest. I would love to one day to see a baby sea turtle emerge out of the sand and make the long trek to the water without getting eaten by birds in the process.
Then I was telling my mum we should adopt a beach in the Galapagos Islands to fly here once a month to clean the beach. WOULD THAT BE AN AWESOME IDEA?!?!?! Any reason to come back to paradise :D
Then we all walked back to the other side of the island.
The GalÃ¡pagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin endemic to the GalÃ¡pagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator and can survive due to the cool temperatures resulting from the Humboldt Current and cool waters from great depths brought up by the Cromwell Current. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin.
The Galapagos Penguin one of the smaller penguins. It is the only penguin to cross the Northern Hemisphere which means they live more north than any other warm weather penguin. 90% of the Galapagos Penguins live among the western islands of Fernandina and Isabela, but they can also be seen on Santiago, Bartolome, northern Santa Cruz, and Floreana.
The penguins stay in the archipelago. They stay by the Cromwell Current during the day since it is cooler and return to the land at night.
The Galapagos Penguins breed as many as three times a year, since they donâ��t have a specified breeding season.
Because of the Galapagos Penguinâ��s smaller size, it has many predators.
Most nests are seen between May and January. The nests are made within 50 meters of the water on the shore. Adults stay near the breeding area during the year with their mate that they have chosen for life.
The temperature at the islands stays between 15-28 degrees Celsius.
The species is endangered, with an estimated population size of around 1,500 individuals in 2004, according to a survey by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The population underwent an alarming decline of over 70% in the 1980s, but is slowly recovering. It is therefore the rarest penguin species (a status which is often falsely attributed to the Yellow-eyed penguin). Population levels are influenced by the effects of the El NiÃ±o Southern Oscillation, which reduces the availability of shoaling fish, leading to low reproduction or starvation. However, anthropogenic factors (e.g. oil pollution, fishing by-catch and competition) may be adding to the ongoing demise of this species. On Isabela Island, the introduced cats, dogs and rats may attack penguins and destroy their nests. When in the water, they are preyed upon by sharks, fur seals, and sea lions.
The sally lightfoot crab Grapsus grapsus (known variously as "red rock crab", "abuete negro", and, together with other crabs such as Percnon gibbesi, as "Sally Lightfoot") is one of the most common crabs along the western coast of South America. It can also be seen along the entire coast of Central America and Mexico, and nearby islands. It is one of the many charismatic species that inhabits the GalÃ¡pagos Islands, and is often seen in photos of the archipelago, sometimes sharing the seaside rocks with the marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus).
G. grapsus is a typically-shaped crab, with five pairs of legs, the front two bearing small, blocky, symmetrical chelae. The other legs are broad and flat, with only the tips touching the substrate.
This crab lives amongst the rocks at the often turbulent, windy shore, just above the limit of the seaspray. It feeds on algae primarily, sometimes sampling plant matter and dead animals. It is a quick-moving and agile crab, and hard to catch, but not considered very edible by humans. It is used as bait by fishermen.
The species Grapsus grapsus and G.
They were sighted by Charles Darwin during his voyages on HMS Beagle, and also by the first comprehensive study of the fauna of the Gulf of California, carried out by Ed Ricketts, together with John Steinbeck and others. Steinbeck records
Many people have spoken at length of the Sally Lightfoots. In fact, everyone who has seen them has been delighted with them. The very name they are called by reflects the delight of the name. These little crabs, with brilliant cloisonnÃ© carapaces, walk on their tiptoes, They have remarkable eyes and an extremely fast reaction time. In spite of the fact that they swarm on the rocks at the Cape [San Lucas], and to a less degree inside the Gulf [of California], they are exceedingly hard to catch.
Man reacts peculiarly but consistently in his relationship with Sally Lightfoot. His tendency eventually is to scream curses, to hurl himself at them, and to come up foaming with rage and bruised all over his chest.
Bartolome Island (Isla Bartolome), Galapagos Islands, just off Isla San Salvadorâ��s Sullivan Bay coast, the tiny islet of Isla Bartolome is among the younger of the Galapagos Islands. With a total land area of just 1.
Shown recently in the Hollywood movie â��Master & Commanderâ��, this towering rock face is actually an eroded lava formation. Formed when magma was expelled from an underwater volcano; the sea cooled the hot lava, which then exploded, only to come together and form this huge rock made up of many thin layers of basalt. Pinnacle Rock is considered to be the emblem of the Galapagos to many, and is one of the most recognizable sites here.
Tourists can get off on the island opposite Pinnacle Rock and then proceed to climb a 600m trail to Isla Bartolomeâ��s 114m high summit.
Found near Pinnacle Rockâ��s shore or swimming in the waters around the Rock, these penguins are a joy to watch as they can be found nowhere else on earth, especially in such warm climates. Take a panga ride around the island to spot them or walk along a white sand beach strip to catch a glimpse of them swimming alongside marine turtles, a variety of brightly colored tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks, the Galapagos Hawk flies overhead.
To reach the islandâ��s summit, visitors have a dry landing from the jetty. However, to visit the beach, a wet landing is necessary. Also donâ��t forget to bring your camera here for some wonderful photo opportunities of the neighboring islands and superb scenery.