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North Seymour Island
May 3, 2005
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Blue footed booby A booby sitting on his nest A little lava lizard 
First outing from the boat. We saw lots and lots of frigate birds (the black birds with the red throat pouches) all sitting around, mostly trying to attract the females. There were also some blue footed boobies, although not as many as last year and we didn't see any dancing. But Cathy thinks that we might see more of that tomorrow. We did see a very tiny baby boobie sitting underneath one of its parents. It looked like a floppy white lump. Some of the boobies were very obliging and posed nicely for the camera.

When we went inland we saw quite a few land iguanas, which we didn't see on this island last year. Two of them were having a territory dispute but although there was lots of showing off and chasing each other around, it was all show and no action.

After the welcome cocktail and dinner we went out on deck and saw Pepe (the barman) leaning over the side of the boat. He showed us there were lots of fish just swimming around and around. And when I say lots I mean thousands! They are attracted to the boat's lights. Then some sea lions started to chase the fish, which was really good. Occasionally a sea lion would go for a particular fish and it would skim across the water like a stone, folllowed by the sea lion! We also saw a few sharks a bit further out from the boat, swimming more slowly and (I guess) looking for their dinner, but they weren't after the sea lions, as they weren't very big sharks. The sky was very clear and you could see lots of stars. Glad to be back on the Isabela!

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