A Cape Town Sandy Bay tagged image from photographer – HBarrison as published on Flickr.
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Image by HBarrison
Galápagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki), the smallest species of sea lion, exclusively breeds on the Galápagos Islands and – in smaller numbers – on Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). Being social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the "welcoming party" of the islands / Bahía Gardner on Isla Española is a ½ mile long beach that is one of the most magnificent in all Galapagos. It is home to many sea lion colonies and the turquoise colored water makes a beautiful contrast to the white sand that consists of shell dust. On the rocks, marine iguanas and sally light-foot crab mingle. Mockingbirds fight for their territory and inspect the backpacks of the tourists. Green Sea Turtles may be found gliding through the water or hauling themselves onto the beach for a rest or for nesting (between January and March). The beach at Gardner Bay offers one of the best beaches to experience “relaxing beach time” in Galapagos. There is no inland trail and visitors are required to remain on the beach.
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