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Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island
May 5, 2005
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Flamingoes A Sally Lightfoot crab
6am wake up call, and we left the boat at 6.30 to visit Floreana (also known as Charles) island. We were in Mario's group today. First stop was the brackish (salty) water to see the flamingoes. Luckily they were very close - last year we only saw a few from far away - so we could take even more photos and have a proper look. They were really pink, not just pastel but bright. We even saw the courtship dance where all the flamingoes line up and do the same moves. I think it's so that the lady flamingoes can pick the best dancer! Interesting fact - the "knees" that bend the wrong way on a flamingo are actually its ankles. The knees are hidden in its feathers. So actually, they don't bend the wrong way at all - they are like human ankles.

After that we went down to the beach. We didn't see any turtles but we did see a few stingrays in the sea. There were lots of the Sally Lightfoot (red) crabs about on the rocks. The beach, of course, was gorgeous again. After that we were back in the boat for breakfast.

After breakfast it was off for some snorkelling. It was a bit unpleasant at first because it was quite choppy, but after we'd swum around a bit it was much calmer. I played with the sealions in the water, and had it all to myself! Then we followed Mario around the rock a bit and found a little family of three sea lions who swam with the whole group for ages, and were really close. I even saw one nibbling the end of someone's flipper. Really enjoyed the snorkelling. Unfortunately my flippers have given me a blister, and something (probably coral) has stung my leg, but it's not itchy or anything - just looks red.

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