|White Tipped Reef Shark|
From Isabela we back tracked to the east about 40 miles so we could visit our third island. We also needed to get to Puerto Ayora, the biggest town here in Galapago, for clearing out of the country and to stock up on fresh provisions before setting off for the Marquesas – a voyage of nearly 3000 miles which will likely take us a month. Once again we had to motor the whole way here and we now find ourselves crossing our fingers and hoping for the SE trade winds to reach this far north. Otherwise this next passage could be very slow indeed!
Since we’ve been here we had a day of diving on North Seymour, a small islet covered in seabirds. We found ourselves equally amazed at some of the tiny creatures as well as the “charismatic megafauna:” the little, bright blue nudibranchs (sea slugs) as well as the White-tipped Reef Sharks; the field of Galapagos Garden Eels as well as the Spotted Eagle Rays.
We’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn both to make the most of our last days here in Galapagos and to get to the early market for the fresh produce. It’s a challenge for us to stow enough fruit and veg for a month at sea, every basket is filled and we have a huge bunch of green bananas living in the cockpit.