Day 3: Santa Fé Island and South Plazas
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We awoke today after the boat had stopped and I felt much better! Being sea sick was not fun.
After breakfast we head to Santa Fé island. We saw several juvenile Galapagos hawks there. They were amazing looking. A couple of them were perched right on top of the national park sign and they watched you as you walked by just a couple of feet away. I believe I read or was told that there are only a few hundred Galapagos hawks left so we felt pretty fortunate.
We also saw land iguanas and large tree-like cacti. If I remember correctly, these land iguanas hang out and wait for the cacti pads to fall off (the pads look similar to prickly pear pads) so they can eat them for food and moisture.
After the island tour, I went snorkeling again (Rachel has decided that the water is too cold and the wetsuits too icky to snorkel).
While snorkeling, I saw sea turtles, sea lions, fish and pelicans. The sea lions were amazing. The younger ones will swim right up to you to check you out. Being nose to face mask with a creature that can swim circles around me is not an experience I'll forget anytime soon.
During lunch we motored to another island, South Plazas. Frigate birds accompanied our boat and fought for the top perch, our antenna mast.
At South Plazas we saw marine iguanas, sea lions, storm petrels, swallow-tailed gulls, and red-billed tropic birds. The vegetation was cacti and an amazing red, succulent-looking bush.
See video below!!!