After a deep water snorkeling excursion, lunch and siesta, we were taken to Darwin Bay, also on Genovesa. It was a wet landing in a rising tide. We had an opportunity to swim and then we took a walk along the cliff over very rocky terrain. We passed sea lions with pups, masked and red-footed boobies, several red-footed young, all fluffy and downy. There were many swallow-tail gulls which have large eyes outlined in read against a black head. One pair showed us how they mate. We also saw mockingbirds, Galapagos doves which are quite colorful, and large ground finches. The prickly pear cacti are huge and have more compact blossoms than their smaller relatives in Colorado.
Our time on Genovesa was magical. To be in such close proximity of wild creatures who are totally undisturbed by own presence was a privilege. An the sounds - the clacks, honks, squawks, whistles, squeaks and chatters!
Genovesa is a large round island with a huge, water-filled caldera. From the air, the island looks like the letter C because one part has eroded away, making it an incomplete circle. The caldera is quite deep (it hasn't been measured) and there are only a few spots where it is shallow enough for boats to drop anchor.
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