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Swim with sea lions in Gardner Bay

Listed under Wildlife in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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Aside from reading Darwin’s Origin of Species 15 – 20 years ago, I had little knowledge of the Galapagos Islands, so it was a wonderful surprise to learn that we’d have the chance to go swimming with sea lions in Gardner Bay, Located on Espanola Island, in the Southeast corner of the Galapagos marine park.

The park tightly monitors cruise itineraries to ensure a dozen boats don’t arrive in the same locations at the same time. As a result, even though there were another 50 – 60 people on the beach besides our group, it still felt fairly empty.

There were sea lions everywhere. Sunning themselves on the beach, rolling around in the surf, and swimming offshore.

They talked to each other by making a gutteral noise that sounded like they were vomiting, but I found everything about them endearing.

Read more on David's blog.

Written by  David Lee.

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