When we dropped anchor in Wreck Bay at San Cristobal, 8 officials stepped onboard to do all the paperwork and inspections. We showed them our blackwater certificate, our hull cleaning certificate and our fumigation certificate and we where lucky enough to pass the onboard inspection. However, the diver was not satisfied with the hull. He found a handful of barnacles in some of the through-holes and behind the propeller on our bow-thruster. There was no mercy, we had to turn around and go 40 nautical miles out and scrape the hull again!! What a bummer! It took us 24 more hours, but when we arrived the second time they were happy and we could celebrate our arrival as Thor Heyerdal did in 1953 on his journey through the South Pacific.
The archipelago is home to a vide array of marine life. The islands are located where 3 different ocean currents meet. Warm surface water from the Panama current, cold water from the Humboldt current and some deep-current coming from the west. These currents give rich plankton-filled water and therefore attract a large amount of life in the ocean. Small fish eat plankton and algae, bigger fish eat small fish and larger mammals like whales and sharks eat the bigger fish.
There are also a number of special birds around the islands. The frigate bird with its red bag underneath its peak, the Galàpagos penguin which is the only penguin that lives in the tropics half the size of an Arctic penguin, the funny blue footed boobie which perform a rather clownish ”dance” during courtship, albatross and flightless cormorant.