Fernandina sits just off Isabela Island and is the youngest island in the archipelago. Its volcanos are still active and most of the island is covered with lava. Consequently, there are relatively few plant species, mainly cactus and mangroves.
The lava creates amazing patterns beautiful in their wild and quixotic nature.I spy Jabba the Hutt (or one of his close relatives) in the landscape above…do you?Mangroves are favorite hangouts for sea turtles but I never managed to catch a good shot.Marine iguanas are literally everywhere on Fernandina. We had to be careful not to step on them.We sat and watched the sea lions frolic until darkness forced us to leave.The clear affection and playful nature make it easy to anthropomorphize these mammals. My resolution for 2017 is to improve my video skills.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the clip above. Seeing them in action really brings these marvelous animals to life.
More on these incredible islands coming soon!