Posted by: danielfee | June 17, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close 06-15-2012

Baby Sea Lion – Galapagos Islands

 

Blue-footed Booby

 

Baby Fur Seal

 

Giant Tortoise

  In the Galapagos Islands you can get incredibly close to the wildlife because they have little fear of man.  This is a result of being isolated 600 miles off the shore of Ecuador. These are a few photos of my close encounters with a sea-lion pup, a blue-footed booby, a baby fur seal who was very interested in my shoe, and a giant tortoise. 

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  1. love these images. When were you in the Galapogas Islands ?

    • Jo
      It was in December 2010. We were on the National Geographic Endeavor.
      Dan

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  3. Oh, man, I so envious! Such a rare amazing adventure and close encounters to some of the most beautiful, fascinating creatures. My favorite was the giant tortoise. Thanks for sharing these…

    • Island traveler,
      The Galapagos are “islands” so you need to put it on your bucket list. Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Dan

  4. That is close.

  5. Love these pics… great post..
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, these are great! The baby sea lion is so awesomely cute! Thank you for letting us see your adventure!

    @))–>>—–

    • Yes they are. Glad you enjoyed
      Dan

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  8. These are awesome! Must be really fun to be that close to these lovely creatures.

    • Gracie,
      Yes it is. Of all out trips the Galapagos Islands ranks as #1. Glad you enjoyed the photos.
      Dan

  9. Wonderful, gosh I must get to the Galapagos soon. Love the blue-footed booby but the baby fur seal and sea lion stole my heart 🙂

    • Yes, it is a must do trip for anyone who loves nature. Put it near the top of your bucket list.
      PS- they won’t let you take home one on the baby seals or sea lions. 🙂
      Dan

      • Darn it 🙂

  10. What a great post! Thanks!
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  11. That is the coolest thing EVER! Love the photos. I can’t believe you could get so close to them. This is definitely one of my dreams to do. Thanks for sharing!

    • Angelia,
      Yes it is the coolest. I could have added many more photos because all the animals and birds were so approchable. But we had to stay on the designated trail so as not to damage the fauna. You should add this trip to your bucket list.
      Dan

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  13. Beautiful Creatures. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. absolutely wonderful! makes me want to go there. – rita
    http://shapingthepoem.wordpress.com/

  15. How wonderful to have had these close encounters! 😉

  16. Wow! I saw a video on the UK’s Guardian online (19th June) about how the Galapagos needs to balance tourism with conservation due to the ever increasing industry and the limited size / resources of the place. Having been there, what are your thoughts on this subject?

    • Yes, they do need to strike a balance. They seem to be doing a good job of limiting the number of visitors per year, which of course is why it is an expensive trip. This also tends to mean that people who are interested in nature and conservation are the most likely to visit. When you are on the islands you have to stay on the designated trails so that you won’t damage the habitat.

      • Sounds good to me 🙂 Hope I can go there one day too and get some pics as nice as yours! 🙂


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