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Apr 13, 2018 - April 13, 2018 – Floreana Island, Ecuador

April 13, 2018 – Floreana Island, Ecuador It was an interesting night, if we thought that we had been rocking and rolling before, it was nothing compared to last night. Water bottles and anything with any height went flying. Patsy felt like she was going to fall out of bed. The rough seas that we had in the afternoon yesterday followed us all night until we arrived at Floreana Island where we anchored in calm water. Our 1st outing this morning was to the green sand beach on Floreana. It doesn’t look very green from a distance, but it you...

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Apr 10, 2018 - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point

First stop today was at Post Office Bay where sailors used to leave and receive letters in a barrel. We were given post cards of the Tip Top III to leave for someone and were invited to take a post card to send to the address on it. I found one to go to a couple in Rensselaer NY, so I took that one. Nearby is Baroness Point where the baroness Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bousquet disappeared in the 1930s. Over the last two nights, we saw a film about people who came to live on Floreana like hermits. This baroness and her cronies came and...

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Feb 27, 2017 - Floreana Island

The pangas took us to a dry landing at Puerto Velasco Ibarra (pop. 150), where we got on a chiva (truck with benches in back which serves as a bus or taxi). The chiva took us up the hill to a trail where we saw some tortoises in an enclosure. They are trying to reintroduce tortoises to the island. (The native tortoises had all been killed off or removed.) We also took a trail to a spring and some small caves that sheltered early arrivals to the island. There were also ruins of a resort someone tried to build up there, complete with a row of...

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May 19, 2014 - Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island

Monday 19th May 2014 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Floreana - Cormorant Point and Post Office) Today we set off by zodiac at 8:30am after breakfast and a very rough night to Cormorant Point on the island of Floreana. When we landed on the island, we walked off the beach and the first thing we saw were flamingoes. They aren't always there in the lagoon but they were there today, dancing back and forth doing a mating ritual. It was quite beautiful. There were only about 30 flamingoes, pink and tall. We watched these birds (originally from...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Galapagos Day 4 Floreana Island

We started with a walk at Cormorant Point. It was an easy walk on a sandy path to view the Greatern Flamingos. Sadly there were only 2 as the food source is lacking. The flamingos do move from island to island to feed but sadly because of the destruction of the mangrove trees that surround the bracky water they feed from, there is a loss of,the food,source and are only about 200 flamingos left. They also only lay about 3 eggs in their 20 year life span and all of the eggs do not necessarily survive. We walked over to another beach where...

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The 7th Continent

Feb 7, 2013 - Turtles and sharks...oh my!

Feb 7 No seasickness but the noises of a small boat moving made for a fitful night's sleep. I was awakened at midnight by the horn signalling we were leaving. I thought it was the emergency alarm so got up, woke up Mike, put my lifejacket on and headed up the ladder. I was the only one there. Duh. Mike didn't even bother getting up. Yes, I did feel kind of stupid. ;) After breakfast at 7am we loaded into the pangas and headed for the shore of Floreana and visited post office bay. There we went through the stack of postcards left by other...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Galapagos - Floreana/Isla Santa Maria

First stop of the day Punta Cormorant (beach), greenish sand and again sealions lying along the length of the shore. Walk across the island via another lagoon to another beach, bright white sand and black volcanic rocks. It´s mating time for sea turtles and there´s a couple getting down to it just in the shallow waters - it looks like a very lengthy process and both participants look equally weary...The rocks are covered in multi-coloured crabs complete with turquoise flashes on their shells. Back to boat for snorkelling session #2, this...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Dove l'uomo non è predatore (parte seconda: isole sud)

Giorno 5: Puerto Ayora È strano risbarcare in questo porto, mi sento a casa e anche gli altri lo percepiscono. Sembra che lo conosca da una vita, che sia di qui. Incontro il manager del mio ostello, ragazzo simpaticissimo, che mi viene incontro, mi abbraccia e mi saluta. Rivedo i ragazzi dei diving centre utilizzati, i luoghi delle mie serate… sono felice di essere nuovamente qui. Il nostro programma della giornata prevede di andare in mattinata al Charles Darwin Research Centre e nel pomeriggio a esplorare un ranch e i tunnel di lava. Al...

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My Big Trip

Apr 17, 2012 - Floreana Island

One of the southernmost islands of the archipelago, Floreana is very old and its numerous volcanoes have reached advanced stages of erosion. Our exposure to Floreana began with a wet landing onto a fascinating beach of olivine sand, followed by a hike to a second beach of white, corraline sand that is a favorite nesting site for the green sea turtles.

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Feb 23, 2011 - Bookends

Off Floreana Island 21 Feb 2011 – 2300 in Galapagos Schedule? What schedule? Did I mention a schedule? Almost as soon as the day began, the schedule was amended. We woke around 0600 and started on routine things like washing clothes. Then, at 0630 came the programmed wake-up call – and that was as far as the routine went, for a while. A couple of minutes later someone called out “dolphins!” and we all rushed to have a look at a school of dolphins in a classic hunting circle, about 250m behind G6. Another couple of minutes later, the...

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Nov 8, 2010 - A *Very* Active Day

Tom: The sunrise here is within minutes of 6 AM year-round. And today’s first activities started at exactly that hour -- a Zodiak visit to Post Office Bay. Since Stephanie was up early for that one, I’ll defer on that interesting discussion. Suffice it to say that during that same time period, while others were still sound asleep, I found the ship’s internet connection working well enough that I was able to post the previous day’s update. Mid-morning again saw the Zodiac fleet pressed into service. We had been at anchor overnight just...

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Jun 2, 2010 - Floreana Is

See pics Read about this unique island and see points of interest we visited by going to: Floreana Island Info OR: Floreana Island - Offical Govt Site Land & Sea Life Seen:) Floreana-Punta Cormoran - Devil's Crown *All Critters marked like this indicates first time observed! eagle ray*, wht tip shark, reef cornetfish*, spotfin burrfish*, Mexican hogfish*, longfin halfbeak*, giant damselfish*...3 flamingos, painted locust, 4+ Gala penguins*, pencil seaurchin*, black mangrove*, floreana bush* (yellow flower) Eagle Ray Info Reef Cornetfish...

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