We returned a week ago from a trip to the Galapagos and Peru. One of the thrills of the Galapagos was swimming with sea lions. At times sea lions would swoop around around us, but the were so fast it was difficult to photograph them.
The colors of sea creatures are amazing. Although the Galapagos are known for the diversity of the animals on the islands, the sea life is also diverse.
We saw lots of tropical fish in the Galapagos, including streamer hogfishes such as this one.
This was the only photo of a penguin under water that we were able to take. The Galapagos penguins zipped by us very quickly while we were swimming. The Galapagos Islands have diverse sea life because they are at the confluence of ocean currents that come from different directions. The Humbolt current that runs up the coast of South America brought penguins, even though the Galapagos are tropical islands that straddle the equator.
This is a spotted eagle ray. My husband, Dave, swam over the top of him, at a safe distance, and took a video of the ray swimming. Before our recent trip we bought two new underwater cameras so that we could each take photographs. We were waiting for the new Nikon AW 1 underwater camera to come out, which it did about a month before our trip. It is a better quality than the point-and-shoot underwater cameras. While underwater, it is much easier to operate a zoom by turning the lens barrel than a push button control. The camera even takes full resolution still photos at the same time that a video is shooting, which made this photo possible.