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Carbonate sand


Note: Never, in the Galápagos, have we seen a beach of quartz sand, such as we have in the Mid-Atlantic. Galápagos beaches, when they occur, are carbonate sand - literally the ground up remains of the skeletons of sea creatures. The beautiful beach at Gardiner Bay is a prime example.
Island: Española
Location: Gardner Bay
Year: 2006


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Down time in sand


Note: The early-morning timing of our visit to Gardner was rather awkward and resulted in it's becoming a kind of down-time. On previous tours, we have visited this place in the evening, when we were tired from the day's activities.
Island: Española
Location: Gardner Bay
Year: 2006


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Looking for mom


Note: Like other Galápagos beaches, Gardner is home to a sea lion colony. Occasionally, juveniles wander up and down looking for their mothers. This one spent a couple of minutes trying to decide if I qualified. Incidentally, although these are definitely cute animals, photographs don't convey their aroma - a pungent mixture of the fish they have eaten and the urine and feces they have walked through.
Island: Española
Location: Gardner Bay
Year: 2006