Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock Galapagos Islands
Kicker Rock (Sleeping Lion), is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The two vertical rocks rise 500 feet from the ocean and form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many frigates and boobies that fill the surrounding air.

I went snorkeling in the gap between these two rocks. There were an amazing number of brilliantly-colored fish. There were also some hammerhead sharks circling about 100 feet below us, but before the guides roared off to smoke cigarettes and drink coffee we were reassured that we were safe. After this we went to a small bay filled with sea lions and snorkeled. One sea lion swam right up to my face and looked straight into my eyes and swam off again so unbelievably fast that I might have thought it never happened.