|Travelling in style on Floreana...|
|Yellow warbler, mid snack|
|Galapagos giant tortoise|
|Brown pelican against the dusky beech|
|Battling striated herons|
|Having the full attention of a striated heron can be a little disconcerting...|
We started our next and final morning on Floreana in possibly the best way to start a morning. Straight after breakfast, we went snorkeling in a sheltered cove not far from the lava lodge. Our guide said that he knew where the turtles slept, so we would be guaranteed of seeing them. He wasn't wrong. We saw maybe 20 or more Galapagos green turtles, all either resting on the sea floor, eating breakfast off the rocks, or beginning to surface for air. At one stage, with three of us in a rough circle, one turtle slowly drifted up from the floor and gently surfaced to take a breath right in the middle of us. An absolutely magical experience, and certainly the best way to start the day.
Straight afterwards, we had to prepare for our speed boat ride to our next island; Isabela. But more on that in my next post!
(Only after we had been seen off by the marine iguanas though...)