After spending about 1 1/2 hours on a sandy beach island I went snorkeling with the group. The beach was interesting in that you could witness the Blue Footed Boobies diving for their food along with a few Pelicans. You also saw your occasional iguanas and sea lions. I did spot a bird that I had not seen before here, the guide told me it was an American Oystercatcher which are a little rare to see.
Ok... so off to snorkeling along Kicker Rock. The first dive proved to be an excellent showcase of sea life including: spiny sea urchins, green sea urchins, bubble-head fish, 2-3 varieties of starfish, miniature sardines, a school of puffer fish, lots of corals, and floating barnacle larva (prior to them making their shells that attached onto everything), I also was privileged to see 4-5 sea turtles within a couple arms reach away and ..... a white-tipped shark that I followed for about 30 seconds. So.... that was really cool :-)
On the second dive, the excitement started right away. As soon as I jumped from the boat, I landed in a small school of Eagle Rays. Took me by surprize to have gotten so close to them. I counted about 5-8 of them total; but again, only an arms length away. During that dive I noticed fish (no idea of the type) in a small feeding frenzy. I looked very closely and noticed that they were eating very very small squid about 1-2 cm long. Saw a couple more sea turtles and another shark for just a brief time. The shark could have been another white-tip or another popular shark, the Galapagos shark. I guess Hammerhead sharks, which are popular too, were too deep for snorkeling. During the dive it was neat to have swam with a sea lion who seems curious of why I was invading his home. The encounter with the playful sea lion lasted for about 2-3 minutes. Nevertheless, the snorkeling was well worth the trip.
Tomorrow I head to a different island called, Santa Cruz where I plan to visit the Darwin Center first thing. More to come....