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Gardner Bay, Hood Island
May 4, 2005
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Young sealion Another sealion Us with the sealions
First stop this morning was Hood Island. In case you're getting confused with the island names I should explain that all the islands have at least two names - an English one assigned to it by the English sailors, an original one, and sometimes a Spanish one too!

The beach was beautiful - lovely white sand like the old Bounty adverts and sealions everywhere. So we wandered along the beach for a while taking photos of sealions, then we had a bit of a practice snorkelling from the beach. Justin tried out his noodle and was quite happy with it and decided to try the deep water.

Mario took us all out in the panga and - rather nervously - we jumped in (or in my case clung to the ropes on the boat, moaned about it being cold and slithered in). Of course it didn't seem cold at all once we were in there! We saw lots of fish, including a whole school of surgeon fish feeding on something on the rocks. Mario is like a fish himself and was diving down to the bottom and playing with sea lions and all sorts. The current got a bit strong at one point, so we didn't swim around that side of the rock. Then it was time for lunch and everyone who'd been snorkelling was starving.

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