Popular beach fronting the anchorage, especially for swimming with the sea lions and watching the sunset
From San Cristobal - it has a domed shell. Each island has its own subspecies which look a little bit different.
We visited Rancho Primicias in the highlands of Santa Cruz to see these beasts in their natural habitat as well as in the various Breeding Centers
It was mating season. The males are about 3x larger than the females and their loud copulating grunts can be heard for quite a distance away.
This hatchling is one month old and the segments of the underside of the shell have not coalesced into one yet.
William was just a boy when he discovered this immense natural lava tunnel on his parent's farm in the highlands
I love this name given to them by seafarers of old! They are dramatic splashes against the black lava tongues that reach into the sea