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| p.1 #1 · Galapagos Islands- sea lions |
I'm going to pop down to the Galapagos for a few days (posting only- drat ).
Came across a few slides to be scanned (maybe a couple to be re-processed).
Please note that the islands sit astride the Equator about 500 miles west of the South American country of Ecuador.
There is a "hot spot" under the earth's mantle and (as with the Hawai'ian Islands), volcanoes form, break the surface, move away, die and are weathered down by the instruments of erosion (wind, water, gravity, etc.)
Because of its complete isolation, the life forms that found their way to the islands developed into largely unique species. As a result, the animals never had contact with humans until a few hundred years ago. Consequently, most have little or no fear of people.
I signed up in Guyaquil to be on a 40-50 foot converted fishing boat with captain and 2 crew. We had an Ecuadorian guide, and the eight of us tourists first met when we got aboard the vessel in port in the Galapagos after flying there from the mainland.
Three French, two Dutch, two Italians and me. Amusingly, the common language was English- so our guide spoke to us in English. Also amusing was that we had three tiny cabins .
About this image:
Mamma sea lion (smaller versions of the California sea lion) is resting on the rocks with her (probably) still-nursing baby.
We humans stumbled about on the lava rock.