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Galapagos July 21. Isabella Island Galapagos. Isabella Island Our ship has anchored off the coast of Isabella Island. 21 Jul 09. Isabella Island Galapagos.

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isabella island our ship has anchored off the coast of isabella island

Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Isabella IslandOur ship has anchored off the coast of Isabella Island

21 Jul 09

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

On the Zodiac, we first went along the cliffs and saw fur seals (which are another variety of sea lions but have a double layer of fur). They are smaller in the Galapagos than in the Arctic, because they need less fat to stay warm.

21 Jul 09

here were penguins on the cliffs too here s a pair posing together

Isabella

Island

Galapagos

here were penguins on the cliffs, too. Here’s a pair posing together.

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Then we saw frigate birds circling out above deeper water. The guides steered the Zodiac boats out there because they gather to steal food. We saw an Orca crest in the middle. Here they all are:

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Orca

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Orca

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Orca

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Isabella

Island

Galapagos

Then we went back to the boat, changed, and went out snorkeling with sea turtles. It’s really hard to get a good picture of a sea turtle, but here’s a head sticking out of the bay at Fernandina.

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Fernandina

Island

Galapagos

There were bunches of large marine iguanas on the lava rocks. Fernandina’s lava is only about 200 years old. The marine iguana grow four feet long here.

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Fernandina

Island

Galapagos

On one part of the lava was the spine of a tropical whale. The skull was missing – probably poaching tourists.

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a galapagos hawk was hunting for baby iguanas but he didn t catch any while we were watching

Fernandina

Island

Galapagos

A Galapagos Hawk was hunting for baby iguanas, but he didn’t catch any while we were watching

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Fernandina

Island

Galapagos

The best photo of the day. A Sally Lightfoot crab straddling a lava crack. Sally Lightfoot was a English dancer with long thin legs. Sailors saw the crabs dancing across the tide pools and named them Sally Lightfoots

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