Isla Santa María Things to Do

  • Puerto Velasco Ibarra, Floreana
    Puerto Velasco Ibarra, Floreana
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    Puerto Velasco Ibarra
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    Send a postcard from Post Office Bay

    by MalenaN Written Sep 22, 2011

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    Post Office Bay on Floreana is visited because of its history. Already in 1793 British whalers put up a Post Office Barrel here. At this time the whalers could be on the ship, away from home, for as long as two years. Crew on outbound ships could leave a letter in the barrel and it would be picked up by members on a ship returning home.

    This tradition is now continued by tourists who leave postcards without a stamp in the barrel. At the same time they go through the postcards already in the barrel to see if there are any they can bring with them home to deliver. A man in my group found a postcard to someone living near Boston, where he lived. While we were still standing there looking through the postcards a group passed on the path and a woman asked if someone had picked up the card she had just left. It was the postcard the man from Boston had picked up. So he got the woman’s telephone number so he could call before delivering the postcard, and she could prepare coffee. So, if you are mailing a postcard to yourself it can be good to write down your telephone number on it.

    I thought the postcards were supposed to be hand delivered, so I didn’t take the postcards in the barrel that were to Sweden, as the persons were living about 500km away from where I live. But yesterday I got the postcard I mailed to myself with the mail, and with a Swedish stamp on it. I have no idea who brought it to Sweden and it would have been nice if the person at least had made a little note on the postcard. It would have been much nicer though to get a hand delivered postcard, its not the same to get it with a Swedish stamp on it. Anyway it took 11,5 weeks for the postcard to reach me and I’m happy I received it.

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    Sally Lightfoot Crab

    by MalenaN Written Sep 3, 2011

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    Sally Lightfoot on Floreana
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    The beautiful Sally Lightfoot crabs (Grapsus grapsus) can be seen all over the shores of the Galapagos Islands. With its bright orange colour it stands out from the black lava rocks where you often see them. The young ones are dark in colour though, and this make them well camouflaged on the rocks. The adult crabs can be as big as 20cm. Sally Lightfoot crabs eat algae and small animals. Like other crabs they are moving fast and will run away if you come too close.

    The Sally Lightfoot crabs are not only found on Galapagos Islands, but can be found along the American Pacific coast from Peru in the south to Mexico in the north.

    The Sally Lightfoot crab in the picture was walking on Flour Beach, one of the beaches at Cormorant Point, Floreana.

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    Colorful Crabs

    by kathymof Written Aug 18, 2008

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    Sally Lightfoot Crab Floreana
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    Enjoy the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs that are all over the rocks at Sand Flour Beach. They are black and match the lava rock (more natural selection at work) when they are young and vulnerable but start turning dramatic shades of red, yellow and blue as they age.

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    Ghost Crabs

    by kathymof Written Aug 18, 2008

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    Sand pellets left by a Ghost Crab

    There were a few ghost crabs on Sand Flour Beach. We did not get to see the crabs but were able to see the results of them burrowing into the sand. They leave all of these round sand pellets when the burrow into the sand looking for food.

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    Wade with the Stingrays

    by kathymof Written Aug 18, 2008

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    The crew enjoying the stingrays
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    Head over to Sand Flour Beach (end of wildlife hike) and stand in the water directly ahead of where the trail comes in. You need to stand still to keep from possibly being stung, but there are dozens of gentle stingrays in the water there. They will swim into the very shallow water - just a couple inches deep. It is an odd sensation when you feel them against your feet. It is actually pretty hard to photograph them because you will get dizzy when looking through your camera. This is a real highlight of going to the Galapagos.

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    Flamingos

    by kathymof Updated Aug 18, 2008

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    Flamingos feeding on Floreana
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    You can view flamingos by heading down towards the salt-water lagoon. There are also some waders present. If you scan the vegetation surrounding the lagoon, especially on the side away from the viewing area, you might be able to spot some flamingo nests. You are in a mangrove forest here.

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    Look for waders

    by kathymof Updated Aug 18, 2008

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    Black-necked Stilt

    There were waders along with flamingos in the salt water lagoon. Here is a picture of a Black-Necked Stilt along with a duck. You will see them right along the edge of the lagoon.

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