February 1, 2017
A Rough Landing on North Seymour Island
You never know what you will find in Galapagos. A cliché that’s thrown around quite often, mainly because the whole archipelago is a giant natural reserve. Get surprised about how animals roam freely on North Seymur Island and always do as they please. However, sometimes the animals themselves are not always out it the open: maybe it isn’t the right time of day for them to be out and about, or maybe the weather simply isn’t favourable enough for a specific species (at the time of our visit). But on other occasions, you’ll most likely be lucky enough to get to see a lot of them, especially when they wander close to the designated trails that allow us to explore the islands.
It was our first time out with a new group of guests on board the Santa Cruz II vessel of Galapagos, and we were visiting North Seymur. It was supposed to be a dry landing on a man-made dock but, because the sea was so rough, it turned out to be a much more complicated task than we had initially anticipated. Big waves were hitting the rocks and the water level was going up and down constantly. As a result, our journey from the ship to the landing dock took a few minutes longer due to the fact that our pangas (rafts) would have to wait for several waves to pass before finding a somewhat calm landing spot. Consequently, our guests had to be quick in the process of getting off from the panga and going up the stairs to keep dry and out of the way of the waves. Throughout the entire experience, it seemed as if Mother Nature was hiding something on the island and was trying to keep us from getting there. Nevertheless, our collective excitement and curiosity endured what tests we were thrown, and we soldiered on.
Galapagos is not a zoo, animals roam freely here!
Once all 85 of our guests had made it safely to dry land, we discovered a ton of Galapagos land iguanas of all shapes, sizes and colours lounging about everywhere. On a normal day one can spot maybe 5 or 6 different kinds of iguanas on our hiking route, but today we got to see well over 30!
In the Galapagos, animals roam freely and come and go as they please. If you are lucky, you may find a group of land iguanas like this one!
They were everywhere! Hiding under the rocks, climbing plants and bushes, or just walking along the beach with nothing but time to kill. Needless to say, this was quite a spectacular sight, as all our guests got plenty of chances to take beautiful pictures of the scene we had just stumbled into. Not only that, but our guests also got to partake in an extraordinary display of some rather magnificent specimens that ranged from tiny things no bigger than your hand to ones that seemed almost as big as a small child! These larger, ancient-looking creatures suddenly seemed more apt to be called the Galapagos Dragon than anything else!
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