Galapagos 2002 - 16 Feb - James Bay, Santiago Is.

16 Feb
We hit the shores at 7 AM. This is the home of the former "salt works," although we didn't walk up to the old salt ponds. Instead we walked southerly along the shore. A few more shorebirds, but nothing new until we reached a rocky stretch.

In a pretty area, with lots of chutes, slots and pools, we saw a small colony of Galapagos Fur Seals. They aren't really "seals," they are eared pinnipeds, like the Galapagos Sea Lions. Smaller, and apparently nocturnal, they are smaller and a little chubbier than their cousins, and nap in the shadows and nooks, out of the sun. Some of their sleeping places are improbably small; others are just improbable. Their coats are very different, with thicker or denser fur.

There were Bottlenose Dolphins and breaching manta rays off shore, as well as large flocks of sea birds on schools of fish.

On the way back, with the temperature and humidity climbing, while I was dripping sweat from simply walking slowly, the crew was in a pretty intense soccer game with the crew from another ship. Santiago is one of the few islands where crew can come ashore without a naturalist.

After the walk, the others had a swim in James Bay. I gave a split lip a chance to heal a bit, and watched three Galapagos Hawks circling in the sky over the beach.

Galapagos Fur Seal, unbothered by photographers
James Bay, Santiago Is.

Camouflaged Marine Iguanas, looking like lava
James Bay, Santiago Is.

Natural sea arch
James Bay, Santiago Is.

Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Dove
Semi-palmated Plover
Striated Heron
Great Frigatebird
Brown Pelican
Brown Noddy
Galapagos Mockingbird
Smooth-billed Ani
Galapagos Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler
Great Blue Heron
Wandering Tattler
Lava Heron
Ruddy Turnstone
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Audubon Shearwater
Lava Lizard
Marine Iguana

Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Fur Seal

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