Thursday, June 30, 2011

.... penguins at the equator ... who knew? .....

 our zodiac boat took us from the narel, towards the beach ... we were dropped in a cove and told to swim around the point to the next beach .... and look, someone saw a shark right there, go take a peep at it first .... so we swam ... some of us saw the shark ... some of us (julia) gave the shark a very wide berth .... we had two waterproof cameras, we took pictures of the volcanic bottom of the ocean ... and lots of fish ... no one got a pic of the shark ... or the sealion .... but we did get lots of penguin pics ....


drew was the first to make it to the rock where the penguins were standing ... when we first got there, three penguins awaited us ... we only have pics of two though, and i'm not sure where that third one went ... 


 in the pic below, you can see sophie, in her life jacket, swimming near the penguins ... i was really proud of how well she did with snorkeling ...
 the galapagos penguin is the only penguin that lives north of the equator ... we were actually just south of the equator with these .... the penguins have large groups on other islands .... isabela in particular .... small groups appear on a couple of the other islands, like this one ... but it's never a sure bet that you'll see them .... we felt awfully lucky that we did!


 this picture above is me with all three kids ... thanks andy for taking the pictures! ..... even though drew is swimming, not looking .... right then i said to them... REMEMBER this minute ... this moment ... how happy and exciting and crazy this is to be here with each other and with penguins .... THIS is why we go on trips ....

 galapagos penguins are only about 15 inches tall ... and five pounds ... my dog is five pounds ... and really the same size too .... if she were sitting there next to them, she'd be the same height ... maybe a bit shorter ....
 we really hung out near that rock for a long time ... enjoying the penguins ... they weren't entirely oblivious to us, but they certainly didn't seem to care that we were there sometimes you could tell they were watching us .... we tried to be not too loud and not too sudden with our movements .... i have trouble not being loud ... especially when i'm excited ... i was excited ....


 i'm only showing you about a tenth of our penguin pics ... i love the ones where my kids just look so happy .... and you can tell they are chatting with each other .... i remember one of the conversations was about the photo drew needed us to take of him so that he could use it as his facebook profile photo ... sophie and i discussed their flipper feet ... 



hooray for penguins ...
hooray for the galapagos islands!

1 comment:

Jodie said...

I love penguins