Day 3: Santa Fé Island and South Plazas

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Happy sea lion

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).

Juvenile hawk
  I tried a wetsuit this time.  The last time I wore a wet suit was 20 years ago when I was small enough to borrow Neil's, my friend, wetsuit.  If you know Neil, you might find this surprising as he is now 3 inches taller and 50 pounds lighter than me.  After seeing the wicked sunburns that people had developed after snorkeling in the short wetsuits, I chose the full wetsuit.  Those things aren´t easy to put on!

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!!!

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Happy sea lion
Happy sea lion
Juvenile hawk
Juvenile hawk
Land iguana
Land iguana
Pelican
Pelican
Playing sea lions
Playing sea lions
Frigatebird
Frigatebird
South Plazas
South Plazas
Red-billed tropicbird
Red-billed tropicbird
Red-billed tropicbird
Red-billed tropicbird
Baby sea lion
Baby sea lion
Snorkeling with the sea lions
Snorkeling with the sea lions
Sea lion swimming under me upside …
Sea lion swimming under me upside…
Underwater sea turtle.  I think th…
Underwater sea turtle. I think t…
Self Portrait.  I dont know if I…
Self Portrait. I don't know if I…
A bull sea lion on South Plazas i…
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