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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Galapagos Islands: Champion Island Snorkeling

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CHAMPION ISLAND IS A GREAT PLACE TO SNORKEL

Champion island is located just off the coast of Floreana Island and is considered one of the most beautiful places to snorkel in the Galapagos. As well as being the most beautiful it was also labeled as an advanced snorkeling tour, with strong currents and nowhere to stand (it is in super deep water) may on the boat decided to snorkel instead on the beach of Cormorant Point.

Mr. Rogue and I have been out to snorkel a ton and since we are both strong swimmers (Mr. Rogue is part fish he loves the water) we signed up for the advanced snorkeling. Since this location was along a sheer drop-off into really deep water we were hoping to be able to swim with sea lions, green turtles, white tip sharks and the Galapagos Shark. I had purchased two waterproof point and shoot throw away cameras for our snorkeling trips and although I was a little squeamish about swimming with sharks, a first for me, I went anyways; I was really hoping to swim with the sea lions.

Imagine my dismay when our small zodiac pulls up to the island and a Galapagos shark is swimming right alongside the boat. The guide shouted to jump in. Thankfully the shark didn’t eat me or Mr. Rogue but instead swam slowly away.

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THE GALAPAGOS SHARK DIDN’T EAT US

The current ended up not being as bad as I thought it would be and although the water was super deep which made things that were further away a little harder to see I was able to see quite a bit. For an hour we spent time frolicking in the paradise of blue water. Other than the Philippines it was the best snorkeling I have ever done. There were a ton of fish, two more much smaller white tipped sharks and another Galapagos shark. We were swimming with a small group and the naturalist kept pointing out neat things.

We followed the current along the coast of the small island and at the very end I spotted the sea lions.

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YEA SWIMMING WITH SEA LIONS

At first there was only one whirling and twirling in the water but after a few minutes there were about 8 swimming around me.

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TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE

The sea lions often swim on their side with one of their flippers sticking out of the water. The naturalists call this the fake shark but no one really knows why they do this.

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SWIMMING WITH ONE FIN UP AND OUT OF THE WATER IS CALLED A FAKE SHARK BY LOCALS

One small baby sea lion stayed and played with me for a few minutes. We blew bubbles at each other and it seemed particularly interested in my flashing camera. Sea lions are really curious and it was so much fun to interact with this little guy.

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CURIOUS LITTLE SEA LION

1 comment:

lilmansworld said...

well geez its no wonder you don't like zoos when you can swim with a sea lion and a shark?! too stinking cool. and to think, God created ALLLLLLLLL this stuff.

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