Galapàgos Islands - Day 3 - Rocks then snorkelling with penguins and sharks at Bartolome Island

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On to Bartolome island, more of a bird and rocks kind of island

The morning was more about learning some of the history of the islands. Bartolome island is apparently quite young, relatively speaking, in the islands so it is a good indicator of what all of the rest of the islands used to look like.  Apparently the islands are formed from a hot-spot, which is a section in the middle of a continental plate rather than on it's edge.  So it was all quite interesting, and we finished with a hike to the top of the island where as you can see from the photos you have some pretty incredible views of Pinnacle Rock where we would be doing some snorkelling later.

Back on the boat and we were taken down in to the bay on the Pinnacle rock side.  Before jumping in the water though, Ruben took us across to the opposite side of the island, where there was a white-tip reef shark feeding frenzy going on near the shore line.

Our first penguin spotting, these guys are like torpedoes through the water, no chance of an underwater shot
  I think he was hoping we wouldn't realise the two sides of the island were actually connected by water that sharks could swim in ;)

Once again the snorkelling was great around Pinnacle rock.  Just as I circled the point a male sea-lion flashed past me for about two seconds with teeth showing so I don't think he wanted us there.  We also got to see our first marine iguana in the water.  They don't move along too fast and are quite entertaining to watch.  Peta then noticed that the iguana looked like it was having convulsions, sort of bouncing up from the water.  Sure enough a quick peek underneath showed a sea-lion just poking it with it's nose, just for fun I'm pretty sure, cheeky thing :)

The afternoon was another good dose of snorkelling this time off the boat around at a crab island.

Apparently this one is a geologist dream, they might have the wrong McPherson here...
   Here we got to see a little penguin jump in to the water off a rock near us and they just rocket through the water!! We also managed to spot a white-tip reef shark resting on the sand at the bottom so that's my first live shark spotting in an ocean which I was quite happy with. Again many colourful fish, a sea-turtle or two and a whole garden of starfish. 

Finished the day with a bit of a bird-watching cruise back out to the Aida Maria. Blue-footed boobies, blue heron, more penguins, all pretty good really.

We were also treated to quite the night show for our last night on the Aida Maria.  As we all relaxed out on deck sea-lions started to come in next to the boat, then shoot off at great speed after fish.  The fish would then jump along the surface of the water to try to escape, sometimes landing on the back platform of the boat.  As if that wasn't enough, we could then see the white shapes of Galapagos sharks drifting through the water around the boat to hunt the sea-lions!  Quite a spectacle really :)

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photo by: aswold