These photos are from Playa del Sua. I pulled into Sua made a loop through town and said this will do fine.
Alberto invited me down to chat while he repaired his nets.
Ayampe is a surfing town, there are no fishing boats working out of here. The tide is very high...almost no beach.
This past Monday Susan, Scott and I went whale watching out of Puerto Lopez. On the way out of the harbor we were taken past these cliffs where blue-footed boobys were hanging out before heading to the Galapagos Islands where they nest.
After leaving the blue-footed boobys the boat left the harbor and we went looking for whales. We were always in sight of land and the captain told us that we would not go more than 20 nautical miles out to sea. Within 30 minutes we had spotted our first whale. In total we saw about 10 whales in the next 2 hours. The whales were not staying at the surface for more than a few minutes and by the time we arrived arrived at their location they would submerge. After almost 2 hours we had some nice photos of whales but nothing spectacular. Around 5:00pm the boat took us to this feeding frenzy where hundreds of birds and many dolphins were feeding on a school of fish or maybe squid. I have witnessed these feeding frenzies many times from the beach in Ayampe, but never up close.
After leaving the frenzy we spotted this whale. For the next 15 minutes the whale put on a display for us. The crew of the boat were as excited as we were to find the whale.
At 5:30 the whale bid us goodbye and everyone was pleased that our whale watching trip was a total success. It was a very good afternoon.
Susan and Scott left Ayampe the next morning. I feel sure that our paths will cross again soon.
More will be revealed...