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Floreana


Day 8 - 1st August 2013

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Part 1 - Marine Iguanas!

 

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The three hour speedboat trip from San Cristóbal in the morning turned into quite an ordeal for some, myself included, the boat was smaller and 'bouncier' than I'd hoped and after a seasickness tablet and trying to ride it out for an hour I just laid down and waited for it all to be over for the next two hours!

A very welcome sight as we pull up to the dock at Post Office Bay ...


 


A sea lion basks as Carolyn disembarks...





Welcome to Floreana...









A large Iguana very near the dock to give a foretaste of what was to come with smaller black juveniles dotted around...


 


View from our room...
 




Just a couple of hundred yards from our rooms, there was a fantastic colony of large Marine Iguanas...







 


They were completely relaxed with us passing close by...










The sally lightfoot crabs were slightly more skittish, a group of large adults about to throw themselves into the water or climb virtually sheer rocks...


 


Feeding at the water-line...





This one was particularly photogenic - I liked the camouflage markings on his throat and neck...







 






Other larger ones were quite heavily red-pigmented...







 


A bit of tongue rolling...












 






The search for the perfect iguana shot was unending and impossible...





Wonderful salt-encrusted head-scales...


 


Posing with the locals...










The colony was a generally peaceful place, but occasionally one of the large males would throw his weight around a little and chase off any potential rivals...


 




 


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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