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May 26, 2003

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Our Galapagos loop takes us to the westernmost island, Fernandina, where we make a landfall to see giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants. In the evening we crossed the equator, a chance to see the Southern Cross and Big Dipper share the sky.
Ever sit and watch a tortoise - it's like watching a cricket match - all day nothing happens.
Mohawks are 'in' for marine iquanas. The marine igauana is the only sea-going lizard in the world. They eat seaweed and can dive to depths of ten meters. Charles Dawin reported a marine iguana survived immersion for over and hour (he tied a rope and rock to its tail and tossed it overboard - what a scientist).
We watched dolphins ride the bow waves of our boat, then we jumped in the water and swam with them. They were curious for a moment, clicking sounds filled the water, before they flipped off after a school of fish.