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Friday, January 28, 2011

Galapagos Islands: Puerto Egas Beach Snorkel

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PUERTO EGAS SNORKELING FROM THE BEACH

After our hike this morning down the coast we were offered the chance to go snorkeling at the beach. I really liked this snorkeling, there were plenty of rocks and shallow depressions for viewing sea life close up. The Surgeon Fish in particular were everywhere. A medium sized fish, about double the size of the palm of my hand, these schools swarmed right around us without any fear.

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SURGEON FISH

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SURGEON FISH

The King Angelfish was one of the most beautiful. With their striking bright orange and blue markings they often caught my attention.

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KING ANGELFISH

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KING ANGELFISH

The floor had many different kinds of life growing but I was surprised by how very little coral there was. The snorkeling I have done in the Caribbean houses a ton of ugly dead coral and the Philippines snorkeling was out of this world incredible with so much coral and life I am now forever spoiled. Since this is my first time snorkeling on the America coast I was expecting it to be different but it was more so than I expected.

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SEA URCHINS

We also saw several large schools of the Black Striped Salmea.

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BLACK STRIPED SALMEA

The Blue Chin Parrotfish is a larger fish and they have teeth so I was a little more wary around these guys. They use their powerful teeth to pry algae off of coral. Although our guide said they are passive I still was not taking any chances.

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BLUE CHIN PARROTFISH

Oh what a different world it is to use the small little throw away underwater point and shoot. I cannot immediately look at my photos, I cannot delete ones I don’t like, I am basically shooting blind because really how can anyone frame a shot well with a pair of goggles trying to look through a tiny window on the camera all the while attempting to follow fast moving fish. It was so odd being out of my depth (hardy har) with a camera in my hands, something that on land feels so natural now. I tried my best but overall I think in the future I will need a better camera and way more practice before I can get anything decent.

This was our last snorkeling attempt and I got to see almost all the big things on my list:

White Tipped Shark
Galapagos Shark
Sea Turtle
Sea Lion
Galapagos Penguin

The only thing I really wanted to see that I missed was the sting ray. Others on our boat were able to spot it but we missed it every time. Next time sting ray, I will see you next time!

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Not too bad underwater shots. I know how hard it is to get good pictures under the sea.

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