exploring the lava beach
a pair of sleeping sea lion beauties
this iguana is toast (actually lunch)
a Sea Turtle checks us out
a pair of Marine Iguanas watch a crab pass by
Fernandina

Fernandina is the youngest and most volcanically active island of the Galapagos, with lava flows as recent as April 2009, just two months before our visit.

We explored the beach at Punta Espinosa, with black barren lava fields, but an amazing amount of wildlife. The must-see species here is the Flightless Cormorant, but we ran also into a sea turtle, an octopus, many sea lions, scores of Marine Iguanas and of course the colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs.
And we witnessed the sad demise of a young iguana in the sharp claws of a Galapagos Hawk.

It was one of the most impressive shore activities.

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fresh lava at Punta Espinoza
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a cluster of Marine Iguanas warming in the sun
surrounded by Sally Lightfoot Crabs
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can you spot the octopus?
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A Ruddy Turnstone checks out the waterline for food
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a Whimbrel wader
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Lava Cacti in the foreground, a white beach and the Celebrity Xpedition in the background make a perfect picture
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a male sea lion returns from a refreshing dip
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the Flightless Cormorant
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back to the ship
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beauty is in the eye of the beholder