Galapagos Dive 2 at Tortuga

Sea turtle during scuba dive near Isla Tortuga in the GalapagosWe 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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3 Responses to Galapagos Dive 2 at Tortuga

  1. nanag says:

    I was just looking at these 360 degree pictures, I had the tv on (it is a little after 5am here) and I had public tv on (didn’t want to watch paid advertisement tv) and guess what is on…a show about the Galapagos Islands..I am so shocked. How thrilling to read all about the place where you all are! It makes me feel so connected to you. They are showing the turtles, and the birds right now. Now they are talking about ecology and showing someof th yachts. Now they are climbing up the crater and showing the views! It is no better than your pictures. Love you both.

  2. Alisha says:

    The Galapagos Islands are renowned for the incredible diversity of their wildlife and the marine life. Scientists and nature lovers have long been drawn to this archipelago, fascinated by its various endemic species. The confluence of the warm, cold, and hot currents brings outstanding variety to the Galapagos waters, treating divers to some of the best underwater vistas in the world.

  3. Alice Jacobson says:

    The Galapagos Islands has always been a diving hotspot because of its rich wildlife diversity and its hidden wonders that you will only see if you explore its depths. I’ve been to the place only once but it’s something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.

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