Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The kids and Isla Santa Cruz (The Galapagos)

Pelican customers: Gimme some fishies
Conrad: The next island we visited was Isla Santa Cruz and we had lots of fun.  On the first day we got to Santa Cruz, we saw people cleaning some fish and frigate birds were flying and fighting over the heads of the people. One frigate bird grabbed a whole fish out of a guy's hands and dropped it into the water. There were some pelican customers, but they weren't fighting.

Las Grietas, the mini canyon 
There also was a place called Las Grietas. It is a brackish water (fresh and  salt water  that got mixed together) filled crack in between two cliffs, like a little canyon. The marine iguanas really needed to come (they only eat algae), because  I slid down the rocks  and couldn't get back up. There were some big parrot fish, and some other ones that I didn't know.

There was also a big beach named Tortuga beach. It had twelve foot tall waves, and, very good surfing. On that day, I learned how to surf standing up. The walk to the beach was very long but worth it.

Me and some marine iguanas at Tortuga Beach
When we were at the beach, we saw marine iguanas swimming in the water and  crawling on land. Marine iguanas eat salty seaweed, and need to get rid of the salt. Here is how they get rid of salt:  The marine iguanas sneeze out a mixture of a salty liquid, and snot. We call it snalt.   
Also at Tortuga beach there were little black tip sharks, and we thought that the little black tips were the only things around. That is, until we saw a foot tall shark fin which, if the fin was a foot tall, the shark must have been seven feet long. On the night before, we bought a yellow fin tuna. Dad cleaned it and tied the carcass to the back of the boat hoping to see a shark. About a half an hour later, a shark came. It was big. Eight feet long at least. It grabbed the fish, the sharks' teeth sawed through the rope, and it then had a decent dinner.

Tortoise make loud groans while mating
The day after we went to Tortuga Beach, we went to a tortoise breeding center. We saw the breeding in action! A male tortoise was on top of the female, or the other way around.

We also saw land iguanas at the breeding center.

There is also a place called the Lava tunnels. The tunnels are very interesting. In the tunnels it is very wet, and there is almost a mist in the tunnels! It was like being in air conditioning. We also saw fool's gold in a crevice in the ceiling.                                                                   
The Galapagos is the coolest place ever!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The kids and Isla San Cristobol (The Galapagos)


Isla San Cristobol: The Galapagos is really cool, and we're only to Isla Santa Cruz! When we were coming  into the anchorage, we saw a whale, seventy- nine green sea turtles, six hundred sea tuber worms, one sea lion ( if you didn't count the  ten-million that were in the anchorage. That was just a guess.), and one hundred million blue bioluminescence. (That was also just a guess again.)

Seven  days after we arrived in the Galapagos, we went on a tour. First we went to Punta Pit. There was a hike, and when we got to the beach we noticed that the color of the sand was gold. The sun was very, very hot. We saw a lava lizard, a land iguana nest , a marine iguana nest, a blue-footed-booby, and even a red-footed-booby! Our tour guide said that the red-footed-boobies were very rare, and that we were very lucky that we saw one, and that only ten percent of the tour got to see them. The Galapagos is the best place ever!
After  the hike, we went to Kicker Rock. We jumped into the water and weren't affected by the Humboldt Current (a very cold current that flows through the Galapagos) because of  wetsuits. At Kicker Rock, we saw a turtle eating a jellyfish and a Galapagos shark. A turtle swam against Mark's leg.