Galapagos: An Epic Boat Ride
We had an unforgettable boat ride from Punta Morena to Puerto Villamil, one which got the captain asking all of us for pictures afterwards. It started with huge flocks of sea birds, far from the coast which suggested there was an avian buffet going on in the ocean. Then, someone spotted a large fin and the chase was on. It’s hard to capture the excitement of the boat in photos and videos, but it was just pure joy as everyone (including the crew) ran from one side of the boat to the other — grinning and laughing at our remarkable fortune.
Here’s two videos of our whale shark encounter: you might be able to spot a sea lion frolicking around the whale shark in the first video. In the second video, you can watch the fish swim under our boat to the delight of everyone on board.
Next, our boat started chasing a huge dolphin pod, at least two hundred that stretched across the ocean horizon. Then as we motored on, a couple manta rays swam by the boat, gracefully looping just below the surface.