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Apr 11, 2018 - search for the Albatross, Gardner Bay

The Tip Top II is a catamaran and is doing a trip which intersects with ours for a couple of days. The Tip Top I is their first boat and is not in service any more. We went to Punta Suarez in the morning to walk a rocky trail to where the Albatross come to mate and rear their young. On the way, we saw lots of iguanas and this is the island that had so many of them we had to watch our steps. At least it wasn't covered so much that one didn't know where to put a food down! Those with strong binoculars saw a flock of Albatross on the water. We...

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Apr 10, 2018 - April 10, 2018 – Espanola Island, Ecuador

April 10, 2018 – Espanola Island, Ecuador After breakfast, we had a walk on the beach of Gardiner Bay of Espanola Island. It was a lovely sand beach with no rocks so we were able to go barefooted. There were several sea lions on the beach, and one youngster who was having trouble finding his mother had his right front flipper hurt. He would walk forward on the other 3, but when it came time to put the right front flipper down on the sand, he fell every time. I hope he found his mother and that he will survive, but it is probably doubtful....

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May 20, 2014 - Galapagos Islands - Espanola Island

Tuesday 20th May 2014 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Espanola - Gardner Bay and Suarez Point) Overnight we travelled from Floreana east to Espanola and moored in Gardner Bay and after breakfast we went ashore on zodiacs and walked along the beach (very white and sandy) where there were sea lions and marine iguanas. Just beside the beach were a number of birds. After our walk we swam and did some snorkelling. Today, although the water was clear, there were not many fish to be seen. Back to the boat for lunch and a break then we sailed to...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Galapagos Day 3 Espanola

3/ We didn't get much sleep as we traveled during the night and the engine room we are sleeping in is very noisy! This is an uninhibited island, that is the southern most and the oldest island. We went to Suarez Bay for a 2 1/2 hour walk in a rocky area. Here we saw many sea lions with lots of babies, there was a whole pool area of them swimming and playing around! There were many marine iguanas that are black and red, but because it was mating season the males also had green coloring so they get nicknamed the Christmas iguana. We saw...

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The 7th Continent

Feb 8, 2013 - Sea lions and boobies everywhere

Friday, Feb. 8 The sea was rough last night and many were seasick. I tried working with photos but felt nauseous so decided to just go to bed. By 9:30 pm I was sound asleep. Nice! After our 7 am breakfast we headed to the Island of Espanola and within 5 minutes had seen several different species including sea lions, crabs, marine iguanas, a hawk, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies....wow! We hiked over a very rough, rocky path to the other side of the island viewing many different critters along the way. We learned how the extinction of...

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Nov 10, 2012 - Galapagos - Española

Our last full day on the boat already, it¨s all going by so fast. First stop of the day at Punta Suarez where Tommy (our fabulous guide) has to clear the landing jetty of a family of sealions so we can land, the father of the group is most unhappy. There¨s a tiny lighthouse leading round to a small cove with sealion pups playing in the shallows under the watchful eye of a large male. More grotesque marine iguanas everywhere plus the local version of the finch and the mocking bird. A short trek takes up to the cliffs and past young albatross...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Espanola Island

Gardner Bay is a beautiful white sandy beach dotted with hundreds of playful sea lions and their pups. Espanola Island is bordered by steep volcanic cliffs. The fauna is extremely rich on this island, as evidenced by the colonies of seabirds, such as the Blue-Footed and Nazca boobies, as well as nesting sites for the endemic Albatross and Espanola Mockingbird.

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Feb 23, 2011 - Espanola - wall-to-wall wildlife!

Santa Cruz 22 Feb 2011 – 2300 in Galapagos It’s just after nine in the morning and I am floating in a brilliant turquoise Pacific Ocean, looking up at the most amazing azure blue sky. The blue is lightly brushed with faint horses’ tails, harbingers of a change in the weather but, for now, the day is sunny and warm and the water is mild. Overhead, pelicans and the occasional Frigate Bird drift by; I turn my head to the left and gaze in awe at the beach of Gardner Bay, Espanola, where we have just spent an hour wandering amongst the hundreds...

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Nov 7, 2010 - Another *very* active day...

Tom: This morning’s outing offered a choice of what was described as the longest, most boulder-strewn and most strenuous hike of the trip; or a shorter hike along the beach to interact with many of the same creatures. I anticipated Stephanie and I might have different choices for this event, and so it was. Thus I’ll have to defer to Stephanie’s description of the longer hiike, which crossed Espanola Island, the southernmost point on our Galapagos itinerary. I would though offer the report from the “short hike” that I continued to be...

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Jun 1, 2010 - Espanola Is

See Pics Land & Sea Life Seen:) Espanola hike, Punta Suarez *All Critters marked like this indicates first time observed! spotted cabrilla*,waved albatross* (world smallest), nazca booby* (wht head in rocks), tropicbird* (longtail, wht), Gala hawk*, Gala dove, Lava Heron*, yellow warbler*, Gala mockingbird, Espanda lava lizard*, land iguana, marine iguana Spotted Cabrilla Grouper Spotted Cabrilla Grouper, Sorry To Include This, But the Only Site w/ 'Good' Picture Waved_Albatross Waved_Albatross Mating Dance Nazca Booby Info Tropicbird...

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South America Plus

May 13, 2010 - Day 3 Galapagos

Today we started in the best way possible at Gardener Beach- its one of those irritatingly beautiful white beaches where the sea is gorgeous shades of deep blue and aqua, and to top it off it was covered in snoozing baby seals. So spent the mornging swimming and sun bathing with them and headed to an islet for more snorkelling. We didn't see so much this time around, except a galapagos shark, seals and fisheys. We snorkelled into a big dark cave which was cool, you kind getting pushed around by the current going in and out so its fun. In...

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Kellys Month Off!

Mar 7, 2010 - almost the last

Galapagos Blog # 11 Sat 6, 2010 Espanola Island, the oldest in the island chain. Jeff and Diane went on the early morning kayak trip to Gardener Islet, just off of Espanola. The waters were blue and clear and we kayaked along cliffs filled with shore birds. There were also a couple of sea lions. We tried to out run the Zodiac on the way back and the rest of the Kayaker’s were chanting stroke, stroke, but they caught up with us any way. Not bad since Diane had been given 5 minutes notice to get out of bed and go! After breakfast, during...

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