During our trip aboard Yacht La Pinta we reached the island of Santa Fe, which is located in the central zone of the Galapagos archipelago (try to find the island on one of these Galapagos maps!). Its location is ideal for Galapagos sea lions. These animals have established reproductive colonies all over the archipelago, and take advantage of its rich waters and calm shores.
The Galapagos Hawk
Our day in the Galapagos was full of exciting surprises. During our morning walk we were able to observe a group of Galapagos hawks feeding on a sea lion pup that was probably only 3 months old. We had the opportunity to witness this event, and even though it might not be the prettiest of scenes, it helped us understand the relevance of natural selection.
In the archipelago, the Galapagos hawk — a large endemic bird of prey — is on top of the food chain. Even though it has no natural enemies, it is still classified as vulnerable by the IUCN, mainly due to hunting and the introduction of rival predators. Recent investigations determined that the Galapagos Hawk arrived to the Galapagos only some 300,000 years ago, unlike the renowned finches, who arrived about two to three million years ago.
As the day unfolds, we returned to our vessel to put on our bathing suits and snorkelling gear. As we moved along in the water, we were amazed by the number of fish surrounding us in the area. We got to see some beautiful rays skimming the bottom of the ocean, half-hidden in the sand. Then, not a few minutes had passed when we got a glimpse of 5 Galapagos white-tipped sharks peacefully sleeping at the bottom of the bay. We were also lucky to spot some sea turtles resting beneath the rocks. To observe such amazing colours and life in just one place, so abundant and free, is one of the beauties of the Galapagos Islands! When we finished our afternoon activity, everyone was excited to share their experiences with the other guests. We could not have been more thankful for the rich marine life we had just encountered. It was a truly remarkable day!
After such an adventurous day, we were welcomed back aboard with a delicious dinner and a bucket full of memories that will surely stay with us forever.
Now that you have had a very small taste of what a normal day in the Galapagos aboard Yacht La Pinta is like, feel free to check out our Galapagos Eastern Islands itinerary and submerge yourself in a real Galapagos Cruise experience. The Galapagos Islands are waiting for you!