Seymour Island, Galápagos, Tuesday 8th December, 2009

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Having landed at Baltry, we were quickly transported by bus to the jetty, where we were collected by Zodiac and taken to Isabella II. We were struck by the fact that immediately, right there on the jetty, we saw examples of many of the animals we'd come to Galápagos specifically to see.

There were sea lions lounging on the benches which had been put there for passengers waiting to be picked up, marine iquanas soaking up the rays on the rocks along the foreshore, lava lizards also amongst the rocks, frigate birds overhead and boobies and pelicans circling and diving.

And to add that perfect touch, a couple of sea lion pups playing with iguanas in the sea, grabbing their tails and dragging them around while the poor iquanas tried to get out of the water. Very funny, though presumably less so if you're an iquana!

While we ate lunch, the Isabella II sailed up to Seymour Island and we were taken by Zodiac for a short walk. Although only 1.5km, this took a couple of hours!
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Swallow-tailed gulls
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Female frigate bird
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Male frigate bird
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Female land iguana
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Blue-footed booby
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I think this is a sanderling
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Sea purslane
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Breakers on the shore
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Sunbeams over Daphne Major

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