In Darwin Bay we had our first snorkeling adventure in the Galapagos. If I’m being totally honest it did not go well. I mean it was awesome, but also I got super super seasick. The water was pretty rough, it was right after our first night sleeping on the boat and the water was incredibly murky which meant I could never find a horizon underwater to stabilize myself. The good news is that my underwater case for my old iphone 4 held up well and my zip tie work held it perfectly to a lanyard so I didn’t lose it. And we saw sharks! At least 3 hammerheads before I got the most seasick I’ve ever been in my life and barely made it back on the zodiac before I lost my breakfast in a totally casual maybe not everyone saw me kind of way.
I was surprised how unafraid of the shark I was, although I may have been overwhelmed by other feelings. I also couldn’t help feeling like it would be really hard to eat a person if you were a hammerhead. You’d have to get your head at a weird angle and keep turning back and forth to keep the victim in sight. And it’s nice to be with a large group of people.
In the evening, after lying on the floor of the room for a bit, taking some dramamine, and finally feeling hungry enough to eat lunch and refill the tank, my seasickness was gone! For the rest of the trip! I was able to enjoy the other, much clearer, snorkeling trips, and with a little dramamine at night the overnight open water crossings. On the day of the incident though, I was just happy to walk around on land for a bit with food in my stomach.