Day 12 – Sunday – May 20, 2012

Today was a day of exploring. Our first stop was Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. This was followed by a great hike on North Seymour Island where the wildlife was incredibly abundant. There are quite a few photos and I will give little commentary, just enjoy the pictures folks!

Black Turtle Cove


Frank’s ready whether anyone else is or not…


He’s wondering what we are doing in HIS cove.


Have you heard the joke about the three Boobies on the rock…., well maybe later.



Sea Turtle



It’s easy to see how this cove got the name Black Turtle Cove.

Back on board the Carina after returning from exploring Black Turtle Cove, we saw National Geographic Ship the Islander. We crossed paths with the Islander several times and it made me appreciate the small close group we have on the Carina. I understand the National Geographic tours are great but 120 people vs 16, I’ll take the smaller group any day.


 

North Seymour Island


Here we are landing on North Seymour Island







Magnificent Frigatebird in all his glory


Another blue footed boobie. I have several photos on this post, they are just too cute not to post….










He didn’t eat the spider (I don’t think), they are pretty much strictly vegetarians.


As you can tell, I love the iguanas…


 




Marine Iguanas


another Frigatebird


Blue footed boobie with an egg


Gustavos

Below are a couple of photos taken as the sun was setting on an absolutely beautiful day in the Galapagos Islands.



At dinner tonight we had a surprise. Today was Bob and Peggy’s anniversary and Raul prepared a cake for the occasion. The real surprise came when he produced a fire ax to cut the cake. For a moment I think Peggy thought he was serious!

 

It was a lot of fun and I think it was great that OATS arranged for this small celebration to honor their special day.

It has been a long, tiring but enjoyable day. It’s early to bed for me…..

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