Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

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.

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This was before the water got too murky to see…
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There’s the hammerhead! It would’ve been nice to have clearer water it did feel like it came out of nowhere.

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.

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Two napping sea lions and one cranky sea lion.
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One of my favorite birds, the swallow-tailed gull. Apparently it hunts at night and the white dot mimics the way squid looks on the surface of the water at night so their young start to associate that white dot with the food they’ll eventually hunt.
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Frigatebird giving me side eye.
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Frigatebird playing with a stick.
Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, 6/3
Red footed boobies scoping out the frigatebirds.
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Turns out it’s really challenging for a frigatebird to turn around and stare at someone when they’re fully inflated.
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Two lava gulls refusing to play with a sea lion pup. Lava gulls are the rarest gull in the world, that’s just under 1% of the population in the world right there in this picture.
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Nazca booby couple
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Flying Nazca Booby
Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, 6/3
Red footed booby feeding its chick.
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Pretty sure we’ve got a yellow warbler here.
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Turns out all the birds in Darwin Bay were just really judgy and kept giving me weird looks.

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