You’re already familiar with Lonesome George and frisky Diego, and it turns out the creatures of the Galapagos Islands are pretty familiar with people, too – in fact, they barely flinch when you slowly creep up to them with an extended lens. I clicked hundreds of reptile pics during my recent cruise with Aurora Expeditions – the Ecuadorian islands are home to 28 reptile species but they look different wherever you go, so you can’t help but get snap-happy. Three different types of Galapagos land iguana, for example, can be found on a handful of the islands, and their colouration ranges from bright yellow to beige. Same same, but different. Similarly, tiny lava lizards look like peaches on some islands, chocolate chip biccies on others. And marine iguanas can range from ashtray grey to Rastafarian. Here, a peek at some of my favourite scalies from the trip, including some giant tortoises on Santa Cruz. Click on a thumbnail below to see the full-size pic and shooting info.
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Sunset dolly from yesterday, somewhere between Bondi and South Head 💙
Here's another jumpy juvie from yesterday, somewhere between Bondi and South Head. In the past couple of days the whales have been super close to the coast (often around this time of year we can end up 12 miles out). Bring on more of the same today!
Pretty amazing day out there today with jumpy juvies, shouty seals and jaunty dolphins all partying under bright blue skies. This was somewhere between Bondi and Vaucluse
Yesterday I had my first proper mugging of the season off Long Reef, with two curious chaps circling the boat, spyhopping and even throwing in a few jumps to keep things spicy. Also quite enjoyed the summerish conditions - more of the same today ploise!