Galapagos Islands - Day 2 - Fearless sea-lions on Rabida Island

Rabida Island Travel Blog

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The cruelty of nature, a mother sea lion guards it's recently departed pup from a Galapagos hawk

Having recovered from bouncing around the inside of my cabin as the boat cruised to Rabida island, we had our first real taste of Galapagos wildlife.   As we wandered up the red-sand beach of Rabida island there was just sea-lion after sea-lion and they just don't care that we're there!! It's quite incredible to be taking a photo of a sea-lion and just have him get up and waddle straight past you without a care in the world. 

The time with the sea-lions was the highlight here, but we also saw a pelican nesting colony in the bushes at the back of the beach.  There's some quite spectacular views from the other side of the island, but sadly our wandering past salt lagoons didn't produce any flamingos.

This guy has a big stretch...
  Can't win them all!

After the walk we were quickly in to our snorkelling gear for a swim out to the point on the right hand side of the beach.  You just had to be wary not to stray too far left of the rocks or else the male sea-lion that had barked at us all day can give you a nasty bite.  There's so many colourful fish as you go along that you are a bit spoilt for choice on which ones to follow, and you could duckdive and just be surrounded by hundreds of fish.  We were the opposite end of the beach from the sea-lion colony but one little guy did come out and have a play which is always cool. Due to having no idea what time it was I didn't make it to just past the point where apparently an eagle ray was cruising around.

Back to the boat and on to Santiago island, joined by dolphins leaping out of the water in front of the boat! Not a bad place this :)

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The cruelty of nature, a mother se…
The cruelty of nature, a mother s…
This guy has a big stretch...
This guy has a big stretch...
Then fearlessly waddles by me.  It…
Then fearlessly waddles by me. I…
Pelican shot, with a male sea lion…
Pelican shot, with a male sea lio…
Theyre all tuckered out, they sti…
They're all tuckered out, they st…
As you can see, you can pretty muc…
As you can see, you can pretty mu…
This guy even guy me a blue steel…
This guy even guy me a 'blue stee…
Sleepy, sleepy sea lions
Sleepy, sleepy sea lions
Then on to the other side of Rabid…
Then on to the other side of Rabi…
Dolphins join our boat as we move …
Dolphins join our boat as we move…
Some of the colourful fishies
Some of the colourful fishies
The playful sea-lion says hello wh…
The playful sea-lion says hello w…
Rabida Island
photo by: Biedjee