Floreana Island, Day 10

Greater Galapagos flamingo, Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

It’s back to the scene of my scuba-diving nightmare, today, Point Cormorant on Floreana Island.  This time, though, we walk to a brackish lagoon that is home to the largest population of Greater Galapagos flamingos in the islands.  Currently there are less than 500, but their numbers are slowly rising as introduced predators such as dogs, cats, and rats (which eat the flamingo eggs) are ‘removed’.  Later I’m cajoled back into the water to snorkel with green pacific sea turtles.  These are simply gorgeous creatures, but the prospect of a hot shower draws me away sooner than most.

Lunch is the usual orgy of soup, potato pancakes, plantains in batter, fruit, meats, vegetables and rice.  (Exploring the Galapagos Islands is hungry work).  The last activity of the day is an excursion to Post Office Bay (still on  Floreana Island), where, in a twist on the normal mail delivery system, tourists leave cards in a post-box in hopes that another visitor will collect it and deliver the card on their behalf.  Since we won’t be back in San Francisco for another year, at least, we pass on this idea.  Sea lions abound once again on the beach. In fact, one appears rather upset that he hasn’t received sufficient attention from the tourists and gets a bit feisty.

We up anchor as soon as we return to the MV Samba for an 11-hour journey to Isabella Island (the largest of the Galapagos islands and the one that resembles a sea horse).  Dinner is on the move, which makes my stomach gurgle and I’m sweating and swaying in my bunk by 8pm.

 Blog post by Roderick Phillips, author of Weary Heart - a gut-wrenching tale of love and test tubes.

 

 

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