Day 6: Dragon Hill and Chinese Hat

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This morning we went to Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island.  On the way, we took a zodiac tour of the red mangrove forests that grow on Santa Cruz Island.  The mangrove is a type of tree that grows in shallow salt water.  It sends up special roots the stick out of the water so that the plant can absorb air for its root system.  It was low tide in the mangrove forest so we could see the trees pretty well (they were fully out of the water).

On the tour, we saw another penguin, Great Blue herons, little Yellow-crowned Night-heron, White Spotted Eagle rays, and more sea turtles.

We ended our zodiac tour at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island.  Santa Cruz Island is the most popluated island in the Galapagos and it is where we began our trip.  Dragon Hill is on an unpopulated side of the island.

Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
  It is called Dragon Hill due to the extra large land iguanas that live in the area.

During lunch we motored to Chinese Hat.  Chinese Hat (or Sombero Chino, in Spanish) is a small island near Santa Cruz Island.  It is named for its shape.  We saw more sea lions and marine iguanas there.

After leaving Chinese Hat, we began the long trip to Floreana Island, the island we will visit tomorrow.  Along the way we passed a small island that wasn't much more than a volcanic crater sticking up out of the ocean.  For a brief second we were able to look inside the crater and see the salt water lagoon within.  The tiny pink bodies of feeding flamingos dotted the lagoon.  Cool.

The weather for most of our trip has been cloudy and overcast.  Tonight the clouds broke and we saw a beautiful sunset.

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Heron
Heron
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill
Penguin at Chinese Hat
Penguin at Chinese Hat
Chinese Hat
Chinese Hat
Chinese Hat
Chinese Hat
Sea lions at Chinese Hat
Sea lions at Chinese Hat
Beautiful sunset seen somewhere be…
Beautiful sunset seen somewhere b…
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