Urbina Bay / Punta Vicente Roca
After sailing overnight, we wake up at Urbina Bay located on the west of Isabella Island. This area was suddenly uplifted from the seabed floor in 1954, and we can see evidence of sea worms and crustaceans in the rocks and in coral found during our walk. We follow a fairly flat, sandy trail and are on the look-out for land iguanas this morning. One group count 13 however there is some discussion that one or two of them have been re-counted as we re-trace part of the path!
Back on our mother ship, M/V Eclipse, we spot a pod of dolphins feeding. The captain starts up the engines and they follow us for a short while. They are bow-riding and leaping out of the ocean!
Our second landing of the day is at Punta Vicente Roca, situated at the top of Isabella. We have the option of a panga ride along the coastline or some deep water snorkelling. One of the panga groups is treated to a rare sighting of the Mola Mola (sunfish), which is the largest boned fish in the world, and certainly an unusual shape! We also spot the Galapagos penguin, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, a huge number of sea turtles. The snorkelers see all of the above but are particularly impressed as they swim with the sea turtles. Not every day you can say that.
Back on board, we enjoy a briefing from Daniel about the underwater world of the Galápagos, and he shows us some of his photos and short video clips from the previous days and points out the fish species we've seen.