Swimming with Green Sea Turtles at Vicente Roca Point

An afternoon was spent with a “Deep Water Snorkel” at Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island within a hidden enclave of Green Sea Turtles. At least 20 Green Sea Turtles of varying ages floated among the algae filled rocks of the cove. Along with Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Sea Lions and Blue Footed Boobies, one joins nature in the water.

A magical hour was spent floating in the cold waters and floating with sea turtles as the ocean current moved us across the reef.

There were times I was so close to the sea turtles, I was afraid that I’d hit them with my fins so I would spin around to avoid getting in their way. This was the first Deep Water Snorkel that I have done and while I can swim, clearly I was having sensory overload. There was so much to look at, and so much cove to explore. The huge variety of tropical fish was outstanding, while the sea turtles seemed never ending.

It’s taken me a little while to create this video as I had many clips of the hour I was in the water. Youtube offers a stabilization feature, so while the video is steadier, the frame jumps to keep it straight. Tell me what you think, I can always remove this feature. The little handheld underwater video camera I had was, to say the least, inferior. The display screen couldn’t be seen underwater, so all I could to is hope that the camera was taping what I was trying to get.

I do hope you take the time to watch this 15 minute video, there are a couple of surprise visitors along the way. Check out minutes 2.50, 10.56 and 13.23.

20 replies »

  1. I loved the video! I didn’t know you tube could stabilize the video. .. kinda weird, no issues tho. The penguins are so cute. I thought the lil guy was going to fall in, however he bounced upright. Funny! Saw the puffer fish also. Well. … if I ever have to disappear. .. Here’s where I’m going! Thanks for sharing 😃

    • It is weird, but it works. The video before would have gotten you motion sick. The puffer fish was super cool, and there were so many exotic fish I couldn’t believe it. Laughed at the penguin falling on his face. Just picked himself up and shook it off.

      it’s an awesome place, but hot and barren on most volcanic islands.

  2. The video was just fine, I wasn’t expecting professional quality even if you’re a professional photographer now. 😉 Thanks for taking us along on your incredible trip!

    • What? You don’t think I’m a professional film maker? 😉 Wish I had thought of this more, hadn’t realized how awesome it was below the water. I may have to invest into a GoPro if I do something similar again.

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