I can't believe how well I sleep on this boat. We sailed for 6 hours last night on very rough (for us) seas and the little boat was rocking like crazy. Asleep by 9:30 pm despite efforts to work with pictures or read, I woke at 3 am when the boat stopped and they lowered the anchors. I promptly feel asleep again and woke at 6:30 am on Genovesa to another rainy day.
It's not cold and I'd just wear a bathing suit and get wet but I want to carry my big camera so donned a poncho. The island is covered in volcanic rock and lava, coral, sand and so many birds. There are no predators here on Genovesa so none of the creatures exhibit any fear behaviour. Our guide, Daniel is very knowledgeable but added to that we're blessed with the presence of Otto, a Swedish geologist studying climate change and Kenneth, a Swedish zoologist. Both are always photographing animals and Otto's got lots of wisdom to share on the various forms of lava.
Some stayed on the island and the rest of us snorkelled from the beach. After watching lots of fish and stingrays, Daniel came by in the panga and asked if we'd like to go out to another rock. So we hopped in, drove a bit and hopped out. (I say that like it's easy but I've got bruises on my legs that prove otherwise) There were even more fish and I followed a female turtle for a while. David motioned me to follow him and I dove down to the bottom with him. He climbed inside some rocks but I drew the line there. I'm glad I did as he ended up with scratches on his back, stomach and arms. Later he found us a lobster (lagostina). They don't have front claws and look much different than the Atlantic lobsters we eat at home.
We got back to the beach in time for it to start pouring and I was glad I had wrapped my camera in the poncho. Back on the boat to dry out and have lunch of soup, shrimp, egg plant, a corn and pickle salad, cauliflower and carrot cake for desert.
After a dice game with some of the others we hopped back in the pangas to do more snorkelling beside a gigantic lava cliff. The fish were a little bigger. We encountered just one shark, unfortunately no hammer heads and got to see a couple more of the funny looking lobsters. Climbing back into a panga with no ladder is the treat reserved for those who stay in the water too long to get in the one with the ladder so of course, that's me.
Back on the boat for a half hour, just long enough to get dry and change and then headed off to another part of the island where we saw lots of red and blue footed boobies, frigates, finches and even an owl. The terrain was incredibly different again with various lava formations everywhere.
Back on the Daphne again and I realized I didn't get a photo of a white red footed booby. I only got the brown one. Daniel thought I was serious about wanting to go back to the first stop and get one and was actually thinking about getting me a ride but I told him, no worries. I'll get a photo from Otto as it's getting dark.
Supper was sea bass, corn with cheese, beans, potatoes and Brussels sprouts, salad and tomatoes and an interesting pineapple thing for dessert. My stomach is now on a timer and is going to demand food every day at 7am 12 pm and 6:30 pm. Then there's the nutritious snacks of fruit and things in between. :)
The briefing tonight was on the evolution of Galapagos finches and some of the human history of islands. Very interesting. I can't believe tomorrow is our last full day on the Daphne. Time flies when you're having fun!