July 1 – 8
On the morning of Saturday, July 2, the sea at Punta Vicente Roca didn’t show optimal conditions for snorkelling, so I decided to call it off and ask our guests to come to the sun deck. I had the hope to spot a whale or some wildlife activity between Isabela and Fernandina Islands, a place known as Bolivar channel which is rich in marine wildlife due to its cold waters from June to December. All of a sudden, one of our naturalist guides, Ernesto Vaca, spot some activity at a short distance, so our Captain took us to that place and within minutes, we were surrounded by marine birds fishing, sea lions playing and a group of Bryde’s whales blowing water, what a great event!
Suddenly someone spotted something exhaling a huge blow. It was a blue whale! The largest animal ever known to have existed. Probably 30 metres (42 ft) long and reaching 30 tons. It was an amazing show, and we were lucky to witness it. A memory that will stay with us forever!