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San Cristóbal - Kicker Rock


Day 7 - 31st July 2013

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Part 1 - Boats, Sharks and Frigate Birds in their Pomp


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The eagerly anticipated trip to Kicker Rock - I had pretty much everything crossed that we might see sharks and in particular a Hammerhead Shark

The boat headed for Kicker Rock along the shoreline so we could search for wildlife.

Blue Footed Booby...



 


Take-off...
 




Impressive coverage - clearly a popular spot as the Booby guano has totally whitewashed the black volcanic rocks...
 





Miche on board...


 


We were very lucky to see a couple of Magnificent Frigate Birds inflating their red gular pouches even though it was out of the breeding season...
 




Up high...





Once one displayed it triggered off others nearby...


 







 




We also saw marine Iguanas and sea lions as we passed the coast...


 







Frigate Bird chick still downy and white...





The jagged spikes of Kicker Rock...


 


Nazca (left) and Blue Footed Boobies sharing a ledge on Kicker Rock...
 




A young sea lion herding crabs...





On board - Alja, Miche & Karim...



 


Snorkelers ready to go - Philippa and Heather on the left and Angela and Rowena on the right...





The group in the water - not everyone came in as the water here is much deeper and colder than the bays and the current can be strong, though on the day it was pretty gentle...





In the main channel there plenty of sharks to view - Blacktip Reef Shark...


 

   

 


A group sharks swimming far below us - I've looked at the next 2 pictures 20 or 30 times in the forlorn hope that I might see the distinctive Hammerhead shape...
 




 



    


Me in the water...
 




Corals and sponges on the channel's walls...





Returning to the boat - no Hammerheads, but still a great snorkel, especially seeing so many Blacktip Sharks...


 

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D1 - Heathrow to Amsterdam D2 - Amsterdam to Quito D3 - Hummingbirds
D4 - Quito City Tour D5 - San Cristobal - Playa Baquerizo D6 - San Cristobal - Laguna el Junco
D7 - San Cristobal - Kicker Rock D8 - Floreana - Iguanas & Turtles D9 - Floreana & Isabella
D10 - Isabella - Trek - Volcan Chico D11 - Isabella - Trek - Sulphur & Sunsets D12 - Isabella - Mud, Mangroves & Tortoises
D13 - Isabella - Wall of Tears D14 - Santa Cruz - Market, CDRS & Tortuga D15 - Bartolome
D16 - Return to Quito D17 - Otavalo, Equator & Parc Condor D18 - Return to the UK