Galápagos #3: Plaza Islands
The Plaza Islands are located off the eastern tip of Santa Cruz. There is quite a bit of interesting vegetation, birds are nesting and iguanas are laying around everywhere. But the real highlight are the endemic Galápagos Sea Lions that can be found nowhere else on the planet … just here in the Galápagos. When you see them hanging on the beach taking a nap and doing nothing, you might think that they are a little boring. But they are not. As soon as the Sea Lions get into the water, they change completely. Coming up to you and checking you out with their big eyes as if they say: ‘Hey buddy what’s up … do you play with us? Can you turn around and make bubbles? Can we bite your fins?‘ It’s really something very special to be able to interact so close with them. And even that the water was freezing cold (16°C) we kept playing for more than one hour on every dive. The water is very shallow and it was quite a challenge to maneuver the camera with the big lights attached.
Note: This is the third episode of a whole series of 6 videos about our trip to the Galápagos. So 3 more Videos about different divespots will come up. And also do not miss the preview episodes here.
"Getting slow motion shots of the sea lions playing was my interest from the beginning. It reveals the grace and beauty of their movements and how perfectly they are adapted to move in their underwater environment. The Plaza Islands are definitely one of my top ten dive spots ever." - Flo