Urchins, Lions and Turtles. OH MY! All of the sea variety of course.
Our last full day on the islands took the group to beautiful San Cristobal. This island is home to 8,000 people (including our three nature guides David, Danny and Jorge), and is the political capital of the Galapagos. Here the Galapagroup shared some incredible experiences like observing wildlife, snorkeling, and exploring the downtown area.
San Cristobal is home to the largest colony of sea lions in the archipelago. The island is home to over 4,000 of the tame, fun loving creatures. The students observed the colony and learned about their behavior, relations and breeding. Sea lions spend their days sunning themselves, playing in the water, and hunting for fish. Emma and Josie took particular interest in the sea lions, taking it upon themselves to name each and every one of them. "We named almost all of them" said Emma. "Our favorites were definitely Leanne the grandma, Coco and Onix, and of course Gerald because he is the silly sea lion from Finding Dory!" Speaking of Dory, the Galapagroup then departed on a mission to find her.
The Galapagroup's major excursion of the day was a trip to La Loberia cove for snorkeling. This was a magical experience for the students. La Loberia is a beautiful crescent shaped beach with clear waters and plenty of wildlife. Gabriella S. and Rosie could hardly contain their excitement. "We saw sea turtles and sea lions! It was incredible!" Samantha took perhaps the best photo of the trip while snorkeling and swimming with a sea lions (see right). Gabrielle literally found Dory and Nemo. This was a once in a lifetime experience for our students. The only thing better than seeing the animals was seeing the students' reactions.
View more photos from Day 6 HERE!