We were in the dinghies by 7:15 this morning for a ride along the cliffs of North Isabela, the finger area and the broken caldera. We went along the flank of Volcano Ecuador, at Punta Vicente Roca. We saw penguins, flightless cormorants, many marine iguanas sunning themselves on rocks, one on top of another, lava gulls, brown pelicans, great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, masked (Nazca) boobies, storm petrels, shearwaters, a few green turtles, and sea lions.
The volcanoes were crowned with clouds, the walls high and varied, the erosional forces we observe at home so evident here. At times, it was akin to floating in the Grand Canyon, until we neared the cliffs and the crashing waves and cascading water broke the spell. At one point we entered a cave carved in the island, dark and mysterious, not unlike what you might find in Canyonlands in Utah.
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