Swimming with Sea Lions

Wednesday afternoon was probably the highlight of the whole trip. This was a bit of a different day over all for at around three o’clock, instead of going snorkeling, which we did every day, we had the option to go snorkeling or kayaking. Everyone on the boat went snorkeling except for me, Sierra, mom, and a girl we met on board named Lila.

Lila is going into seventh grade and lives in New York city with her mom, dad, little brother John, and twin sister Vivian. Lila wears glasses and she is allergic too contacts, so when she goes snorkeling she can’t see any of the sea creatures. So instead of snorkeling, she came kayaking with us.

Mom and Sierra shared a kayak while me and Lila took our own. We started kayaking around a fully red island with beautiful views called Island Rabida. We kayaked about a fourth of the way around the island watching the blue footed boobies and iguanas all around us. But the animal that kept our attention were the sea lions. There were probably about eight to fifteen of them!

Our guide that had come with us that day was Hernan, and he was riding in a panga boat following us so we could get back to the Evolution when we were done. Once me and Lila spotted the sea lions, we both agreed that we wanted to swim with them. We proposed our idea to Sierra and mom, both who answered happily, and kayaked over to the panga where the guide was. We asked his permission, and he said yes! We quickly pulled off our clothes so that we were just in our bathing suits and put them in the panga. Then, we jumped in!

The sea lions danced around us, thrilled to have new playmates, and jumped right in front of our faces. They circled the kayak that mom was still in cause she didn’t wear her bathing suit, and a one point grabbed the rope on the kayak and started pulling her away. We were laughing and smiling the whole time. When we got back into the panga, we thanked Hernan for the amazing time we had had, and headed back to the Evolution.

Cheers to another spectacular day in the Galapagos,

-Cassidy

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