Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cast of Characters

I thought we would give you a little glossary of the people and things we saw in the Galapagos, to help you get a sense of the common wildlife.

Enrique

Enrique was our naturalist guide on the trip, born and raised on San Cristobal in the Galapagos. He was a very knowledgeable, personable guide who answered all our questions from the mating habits of giant tortoises to the ins and outs of Ecuadorian politics—for example, voting is mandatory here, and you get fined if you don’t/can’t vote for some reason.
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He’s trying (unsuccessfully) to get out of our picture here.
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Sea Lion
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Fur Seal
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Red Footed Booby
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Blue Footed Booby
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Nazca Booby
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Cactus Finch
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Gold Crowned Night Heron
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Frigate Bird
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Tropic Bird
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Waved Albatross
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Galapagos Hawk
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Galapagos Penguin
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Brown Pelican
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Short Eared Owl
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Lava Lizard
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Marine Iguana
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Which is not be be confused with the Land Iguana (yes, they all look this stoned)
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Red Carpet Weed
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Prickly Pear Cactus Tree
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Sharks (this is a black tipped one but we also saw white tipped, hammerhead, and galapagos sharks)
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Stingray
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Spotted Eagle Ray

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Manta Ray (these were baby ones we saw in the harbor)

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Marbled Ray
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Moray Eel
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Blue Bottle Jellyfish (these guys are tiny, but they pack a wallop of a sting, let me tell you!)
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Green Sea Turtles
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Giant Tortoises (also Mr. Bee, and a goofy tourist)
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Our Merry Band of Boat-Mates

If you're interested in hearing more about or seeing more pictures of anything in particular, let us know!