We had a fantastic dive at Isla Tortuga off Isla Isabela in the Galapagos on the 20th of April. It was a short 30 minute boat ride to the island, and on the way the captain spotted a manta ray! We drove up to it and I attempted to take pictures from the rocking bow of the boat. The water was so clear that it was reflecting the sky and most of the photos showed very little. But, I managed to get enough for you to get the idea if you view the slideshow below.
Tortuga is a volcanic crater which just pushed up above the water a coupe of hundred feet. It’s like diving near a huge cliff with deep water all around. There is very little live coral along the rock, which I find disturbing. We found almost no coral life at either of our two dive sites in the Galapagos. There is some plant life, and plenty of plankton. And there certainly was a lot of marine life.
We saw lots of fish, giant schools of barracuda, eels, many sea turtles, eagle rays, and the highlight: hammer-head sharks! The sharks were so huge and so intimidating I barely thought about taking pictures. One appeared at least 18 feet (6 meters) in length. We just got a couple of shots as they moved away.
Anyway, check out the photos which tell an even better story (make sure to view the full-sized slideshow):
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