That’s the greeting we got from Cesar, and it’s on the information boards around town too. When it’s misty and cold it doesn’t feel like it, but when the sun comes out and the animals want to play with you… well, it must be close to paradise! It certainly provides a contrast to the hard work, and makes me appreciate that I’ve been able to contribute a tiny bit to these unique islands.
So I won’t delay any longer, here are the pictures you all really want to see…
Sea lions – hands down the stars of the show! Just don’t get downwind of a colony, the fetid stench is like a mix of fish, manure and stagnant water! I had to stop myself from taking picture after picture, they’re so friendly and characterful. The best is when they do something really human-like, they’re so funny!
Blue-footed Boobies – the bluer the feet on a male, the more impressive he is! Other people got much better pictures than me (bluer feet) but here are my best:
Marine Iguanas – along with the Boobies, these are endemic here. Periodically they sneeze/spit to get the salt water out of their system, and when Bekki and I first stumbled upon them (almost literally – they have perfect camouflage!) we thought that might mean they’re angry, but apparently no, a raised tail implies that. They have to warm up on the rocks for a good few hours before they can cope with the cold of the water. We saw loads and loads of them, of all sizes. They can also stink sometimes!