Sea lion – I call him Shrek

Probably one of my favourite photos ever, just look at this little guy (or gal, I have no idea). I was sitting on the beach in the Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal to be exact and there were sesa lions all around, I took loads of photos as you can imagine, but this one is just the best, I think he reminds me a little bit of Shrek.

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Solitario George – Lonesome George – Santa Cruz – Galapagos – Ecuador

Haber conocido al Solitario George, haber podido tomarle unas fotos, saber que fue el último de una subespecie de las tortugas gigantes de las Islas Galápagos, en definitiva haber asistido a la desaparición del último individuo de su familia, tener la conciencia que nunca más caminarán sobre Las Galápagos en completa libertad los ?Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, me deja una sensación de vacío e impotencia, aunque ninguno de nosotros seamos directamente responsables, sí lo somos como especie. Ojalá nuestra conciencia colectiva entienda la responsabilidad histórica de nuestra generación, un solo individuo no hace el cambio que nos afecta a todos pero sí puede provocarlo, aprendamos a entender que todos somos parte del cosmos y todo lo que hacemos afecta a otros, conocerte fue un privilegio, adiós George.

Having met Lonesome George, and being able take some pictures, knowing that was the last of a subspecies of giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands, ultimately attending the disappearance of the last member of his family, knowing that they will never walk on the Galapagos at liberty those  Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni ? leaves me feeling empty and powerless, though none of us are directly responsible, yes we are as a species. May our collective consciousness to understand the historical responsibility of our generation, a single individual does not change that affects us all but it can provoke, learn to understand that we are all part of the cosmos and everything we do affects others, was to meet privilege, bye George.

Blue Footed Boobies

The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means “stupid” or “fool”/”clown”.  This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on land. On the Galapagos you can get close to the funny birds and take some amazing photographs. The Blue-footed Booby’s diet consists mainly of fish. Blue-footed Boobies are specialized fish eaters feeding on small school fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and flying fish. They also feed on squid and offal. The Blue-foot dives into the ocean, sometimes from a great height, and swims underwater in pursuit of its prey. It hunts singly, in pairs, or in larger flocks. They travel in parties of about 12 to areas of water with large schools of small fish. When the lead bird sees a fish shoal in the water, it will signal the rest of the group and they will all dive together. Surprisingly, individuals do not eat with the hunting group, preferring to eat on their own, usually in the early morning or late afternoon.