Day 4 in the Galápagos Islands brought us to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) Island and Santa Cruz Island. By far, visiting Sombrero Chino was my favorite experience while in the Galápagos Islands. Chinese Hat is located off the coast of Santiago, which I highlighted in yesterday’s post, and named for its unique shape, similar to a sombrero. Specifically, I loved our snorkeling expeditions. The water was as clear as a swimming pool, but unlike a swimming pool, which if filled with wildlife, it is usually gross and dead, snorkeling Chinese Hat was like being in an aquarium. Literally. I mean look at the video below!
Like I said above, the water off the coast of Chinese Hat has the most beautiful turquoise hue and was so clear, enabling us to see sharks, sea lions, penguins, and rays. When land based we were privileged enough to meet a few infant sea lions lounging in the shallow waters waiting for their moms’ to bring them lunch. They were the sweetest little creatures, who really do not care for personal space. I loved how they would just lounge on top of each other. Actually, this was something I noticed for all the Galápagos Islands wildlife. They love to be lounging directly on top of their peers.
After visiting Chinese Hat, we made our way to Fernandina Island, specifically Punta Espinoza. I will go into detail tomorrow about Fernandina Island, but today, I want to focus on the Flightless Cormorants. These elegant water birds zip and dive into the water without any problems, but when it comes to flying, nope. The Flightless Cormorants illustrate the power of evolution on Galápagos. Once birds that could fly, now are land and water based with these tiny little wings.
We are now midway through out Galápagos Islands cruise. I am excited to share my last two posts of Fernandina and Rabída Islands with you. The photos turned out beautiful.
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