Snorkeling with Sea Turtles in the Galapagos: Lightfoot Travel

Snorkeling with Sea Turtles in the Galapagos: Lightfoot Travel — March 2016.

Shelley Seale travels to the Galapagos Islands to tick another life experience off her bucket list 

The sunlight breaking across the surface of the turquoise water above, the moss covered rocks and colourful coral below, the sea life moving in a graceful ballet all around… The only sounds are the gentle waves softly lapping against it all, and your own breathing in your ears. It’s a whole different world, mere feet beneath the surface of the ocean. And it’s pure magic when you have on snorkel gear, and are swimming with sea turtles all around you.

The chain of Pacific Ocean islands that make up the Galapagos is famous for its inspiration of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. Animals here have evolved and adapted to survive in ways found nowhere else on earth. One of the most unusual aspects of Galapagos wildlife is how unafraid of people they are. Because they are protected and mostly have no natural predators, they really fear little and see no threat from humans in modern times. They do not flee — there is no searching and waiting to spot wildlife. It is right there in front of you; a sea lion will allow you to walk right up to it, or sometimes will even be the one to approach you. On many islands you have to watch where you walk, or you might step on one of the thousands of iguanas that won’t bother to get out of your way.

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