Day 7: Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay at Floreana
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We're back on schedule now after a couple days of altered itinerary due to engine trouble.
Today we headed to Cormorant Point on Floreana island. Unfortunately, there aren't actually cormorants at Cormorant Point. I think the PR people made up a lot of the names at the Galapagos. Cormorant Point has a green sand beach due to the presence of the mineral olivine.
Instead we saw flamingos in a salt water lagoon. I was very excited. Flamingos were one of the animals I was most interested in seeing at the Galapagos. Mostly because they're rather ridiculous looking.
We even got to see a group of the juvenille flamingos doing their mating dance. The guide said they were just practicing but it was still cool to see.
After the flamingos we walked to another beach. There we saw sea turtles mating in the shallow water near the beach. We also saw the tracks in the sand from the female sea turtles that had come on shore last night to lay their eggs.
Next we headed back to the ship to for snorkeling at Devil's Crown.
After lunch we headed to Post Office Bay. In the days when whaling was still allowed, whalers would visit the island and drop off their mail in a barrel. Before heading home, the whalers would stop by and pick up letters for people who lived close to them at home. Once home, they would deliver the letters.
After the Post Office barrel, we walked over and into a nearby lava tube. Lava tubes are long, underground tunnels formed in the rock by flowing lava. There are lava tubes all over the Galapagos Islands.
After dinner, a representative of the boat company met with us regarding the engine trouble we experienced. Then, all of the crew members disappeared. We think they went to shore (we were anchored outside Puerta Ayora) to visit their families. We joked about dawning eye patches and wooden legs and capturing the ship for pirate's booty. That, or we could just start helping ourselves to the bar :-)