Puerto Ayora, Galapagos: The Lion Thief

  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    There are lava tunnels on Isla Santa Cruz.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    And this is what a lava tunnel looks like. These were underground. When the lava flows, the outside of it cools first and made the casing for the tunnel. The rest of the lava flowed though and this is the tunnel left behind.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    There are some 200 tunnels on Isla Santa Cruz. There are certainly more, but they are yet to be discovered. The lengthiest is 2000 meters long.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    Tortoise.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    Tortoise. I found out that a tortoise is one who primarily lives on land. A Turtle has webbed feet and lives in the water. All new information for me...
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    Turtle evidence...
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    I found out that tortoises exhale loudly when I get close to them. I am not sure if that is a defense mechanism or if they need to empty their lungs so that there is more space inside of the shell to retract into... I am having a better time than the tortoise, that is for certain.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    Looks miserable. I would like to meet a happy tortoise, just once. They always an angry old man look. Maybe it is because the oldest one lived to 326 years. So maybe they actually are old grumpy bastards.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    Cruising along.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    I like the tracks they make in the grass. It looks like a quad bike came though.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
    A hero in a full shell, and he's white.
  • Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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