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Blue-footed boobies engaged in a courting dance.

Courting Blue-Footed Boobies


Albatrosses performing a courtship dance. Click here to see a short video Gail made of this performance (needs QuickTime player). Use your back arrow when the movie is done.

Courting albatrosses


Albatross soaring along the edge of the cliff.

Soaring albatross


Nearly all the animals and birds we saw ignored our presence. Here is a Galápagos hawk about to fly.

A Galápagos hawk with its wings outspread


Some of the Fragata's passengers watching the birds nesting and soaring off the cliffs

Watching the birds


The waves forced a spray of water out of a crack in the rock below the cliff where the albatrosses and boobies were nesting.

The waves forced a spray of water out of a crack in the rock


Blue-footed booby and its chick

Blue-footed booby and its chick


On our way back to the Fragata, we saw a sea lion jumping out of the water, apparently just for the fun of it.

Sea lion jumping out of the water


We also saw marine iguanas swimming out to sea.
Marine iguana swimming out to sea Marine iguana swimming out to sea


After lunch on July 4, we snorkled off the beach at Gardner Bay. I got cold and went back to shore early. Others of us saw small white-tipped sharks, rays, and even a swimming sea turtle.


Wednesday night we cruised from Española to Floreana. At night the sky was clear and dark. We could see many stars. The Milky Way was prominent. Jupiter shown brightly overhead in Scorpio. To the south we could see the Southern Cross and Alpha Centauri, the nearest bright star to our Sun. Terrific! I didn't get any pictures, but you can see the kite-shaped Southern Cross in the middle of this photo and Alpha Centauri on the left side.

Storm petrels almost dancing upon the sea

Storm petrels almost dancing upon the sea


Flamingos in a lagoon at Punta Cormorãn on Floreana.

Flamingos on Floreana


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