Christopher Ader

The beach at Gardner Bay on Española was littered with sea lions of all ages. It was here that we learned that when ones says that the Galápagos animals are tame, it means that they are fearless, not docile. Although sea lions were indifferent to us as we walked past, they would rise up, stare threateningly, and make a vocalization resembling a prolonged belch if we violated their "personal space." As a result, Chris gives his sun-bathing companion, an adult female, a wide berth. Brown pelicans and snorkellers cruise behind them.

Bringing up the rear as we hiked from Puerto Egas to the Grottos on Santiago, Chris looks as if he were alone in the world.

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