We are clearly the noisy invasive species in these islands, as opposed to the endemic life around us.

With so much to see and share amongst our shoreline touring group on a morning walk, it was a shock to be silenced for 15 minutes by our guide – being instructed to just listen, and observe the nature around us.

With their bodies “up to temperature”, the march of the prehistoric looking Marine Iguana Lizards towards the ocean had begun.  Early swimmers – those who had warmed up first – were being met by playful sea lion pups who would grasp and tug their wriggly, long tails, much to their chagrin.

The colourful Sally-Lightfoot crabs watched with seeming disinterest as the Iguanas left their telltale feet and tail trails in the sand before crossing the rocky shoreline to reach the water.  Some Iguanas, still waiting for their body temperature to rise, were patient with the Lava lizards which had climbed aboard to rid them of pesky Sand flies.

In the sandy bottom tidal pools we were watching, the sea turtles were coming alive to feed, then mate, then feed again.  Then…our 15 minutes of silence was over.  We (humans) erupted with our observations and exclamations.  And, oh my gosh, I have to mention that later in this same day, I snorkelled beside two giant Ocean Sunfish – Mola Mola.

All in all, just another day that ends in a “y” – in the Galapagos.

Vancouver Aquarium explorers Maurice White and Bernard Mottet practice a native dance with Kichua natives as we learn about the culture. Photo: John Nightingale

Marine iguanas in the Galapagos. Photo: JL Gijssen

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