Aug 18, 2017 - National Geographic Islander
We awakened with a strong sun warming all and a cool breeze blanketing the land. We started our day searching the coastline for any sign of life as we encountered a Great blue heron and a mass of marine iguanas sunning themselves, trying to become active to raise their temperatures. The surrounding terrain is incredible because we are close to a massive lava flow that is only 118 years old. A small forest of Candelabra cacti standout as they were present prior to the flow and were untouched by it. A wonderful snorkeling outing shows us quite a few species with a very large manta ray standing out. Heading into the afternoon we land on this new lava terrain and the details of its formation are revealed. As the sun heads towards the horizon, beams shoot through the cloud cover and illuminate numerous Galapagos penguins along the coast as they, one by one, exit the water after their foraging runs.
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