The islands are named after the giant tortoises that populated the islands before hungry Spaniards and sailors nearly ate them to extinction! I didn’t quite see all of the 11 different species, differentiated by shell and neck shape, but here are a few different ones, in addition to the ones where we did the volunteering work on the first Thursday on San Cristóbal. These are on Santa Cruz, where they’re much bigger, and Isabela where the breeding program seems to be bigger than on San Cristóbal. One species only has 4 adult females and 4 adult males that can be found! But they’ve bred them successfully.
There are also of course lots of lovely sea turtles in the water! I don’t have a waterproof camera so I don’t have pics to show you but might try to blag some from the people who did!
Further blogs to come will be along these lines I think:
My personal highlights
Some mindfulness stuff
Some people stories
More of the island landscapes