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#247321 - 11/12/16 08:23 AM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Punta Suarez, Espanola, Galapagos:

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Marine Iguana.

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#247322 - 11/12/16 08:45 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Cindy-

Alice and I were not sure how low or high to set our expectations for snorkeling. I would say overall we were very pleased. The water was about 72 degree. With a shortie wetsuit I was fine for about an hour. Alice is more sensitive to the cold and wore a diveskin under the shortie wetsuit and gloves. Viz was around 25'. Usually we swam along a rock wall while the zodiac followed . If you wanted to quit the zodiac would pick you up. Generally we were in groups of about 8 somewhat separate from the other groups, but free to swim about. Just need to get back to the same zodiac. I had a small underwater camera and if I got any decent photos I will post them. The highlights were some white tip reef sharks, mobule rays that look like small mantas, several other rays, a tiger snake eel, king angel fish, big scoops of fish etc. and a sea lion a couple of times. Oh one was playing with a puffed up puffer like a beachball!


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#247323 - 11/12/16 09:05 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Thank you so much Kim for the report! I am anxious to see your photos. This trip is on our bucket list, but I can guarantee my husband will not be getting in the water! I can take the cooler water, but he can't - he wants it to be like a bathtub!! I used to scuba like you and Alice, but can't anymore for health reasons, but I do enjoy snorkeling still.

We are heading to our first visit to the great barrier reef in January - so looking forward to snorkeling there!

Thanks again for the report. Send me a PM if you post your pictures somewhere else.


Cindy

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#247339 - 11/18/16 10:26 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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I just caught up with this string--wonderful stories and photos that bring back such fond memories of the MP/Galapagos trip Beth and I took a couple of years ago.

Cindy, the ship provides wetsuits, though they are the shortie type. I actually brought a full wetsuit with me, and found that myself pretty comfortable in the water. And, like your husband, I HATE cold water.

#247342 - 11/19/16 11:45 AM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: lonestarlady]  
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Cindy, I just realized you said you're going to the Great Barrier Reef in January. A wonderful place! I do want to caution you about the stingers that are active in the waters that time of year, in case you haven't already made the arrangements to deal with them.

A lot of the snorkel trips don't run during that time of year because of the stingers. These aren't your garden variety jellyfish--their bite is supposed to be extremely painful, and can lead to death.

Precautions can be taken. We went in October, which was the start of the stinger season, and all snorkelers were required to wear stinger suits. Think head to toe spandex.
The week we were there was the last week that our snorkel/dive boat would be going out until after stinger season.

I understand that there is a pontoon with a snorkel area enclosed in nets to keep out the stingers, but I've not heard good things about the experience there.

I expect there are other options for a good experience that time of year, but I do want to caution you to do your homework ahead of time to make sure you have a good experience, if you haven't already done so.

#247343 - 11/19/16 11:46 AM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Photo taken with a GoPro on a monopod from the kayak! Compliments of Ed.

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#247344 - 11/19/16 01:42 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: crystal]  
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Thanks Crystal for the heads up. I have read about the box jellyfish - sounds like a nasty creature!!

I hear there are some areas where it is supposedly safer that you can get to by boat (away from land and river outlets). We are staying on Lizard Island and the itinerary includes a snorkeling trip, so I am remaining hopeful! Keep your fingers crossed for us! thumbsup


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#247345 - 11/19/16 02:03 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Stunning picture in fact a "magical" picture. Thanks Ed! Another great addition to the Canon Ken, and Nikon Ken team.


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#247347 - 11/19/16 04:18 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Awesome photo! That water looks gorgeous - crystal clear.


Cindy

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#247348 - 11/19/16 05:49 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Great photo Ed. Well done!



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#247350 - 11/20/16 05:14 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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The Iguana Group Photo at the Tortoise Reserve in Santa Cruz Island:

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#247351 - 11/21/16 12:04 AM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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What a good lookin' group!
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#247354 - 11/21/16 10:11 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Aren't we though!? Good thing they didn't photograph our shoes. For those not on the trip, tortoises are vegetarian and eat a very high fiber diet consistent with their volume.

#247362 - 11/24/16 12:18 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Just wanted to share some of my photos from Iguana:

https://ngaire.smugmug.com/PERU/Galapagos-Islands/i-3dftZv9

Ken

#247363 - 11/24/16 05:40 PM Re: Iguana sea mail [Re: Ngaire]  
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


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