Tortoise, Turtle or Terrapin? It all depends on where you find them. The Galapagos Islands are world famous with the large lumbering gentle beasts that dot the landscape on certain islands. A visit to Urbina Bay on Isabela Island shared intimate views of wild Giant Tortoises. Tortoise highways could be seen through the underbrush and if one walks quietly perhaps one can cross paths with one on the trail.
Coming across this lovely female on the trail, she tucked her head in. Perhaps thinking that if she didn’t see us, perhaps we wouldn’t see her.
She sat there patiently waiting for the tourists to leave. As one group finished, our group walked up to take our photos. Bringing up the rear of the group, I waited after everyone had left and quietly spoke to her. She brought her head out as it to say hello and gave me a proper Tortoise greeting.
It indeed showed that good things come to those that wait. The beauty of these land residing reptiles and their untelling age makes them quite intriguing. As the largest living species of Tortoise, the Galapagos Giant Tortoise can live well over 100 years and can weigh up to 800 pounds and five feet long.
These giant beasts with faces of the ages slowly lumber through their day eating vegetation and keeping cool from the beating rays of the equatorial sun.
The Galapagos Giant Tortoises found at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island were not the only ones we were able to see during our week long cruise visit in the Galapagos. There were plenty more to discover. Stay tuned for the next Giant Tortoise stop.