San Cristobal
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The first thing you notice about San Cristobal is the sound of the sea lions barking. The second thing is the smell of said sea lions. This place has sea lions like cities have pigeons.

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This isn't a special sea lion pool as you might think. It's the steps up from the landing stage. 

The place is heaving with them. This is the mother and toddler beach.

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They climb aboard  anything that they possibly can

15 of them climbed aboard, tipped over and sank this water taxi last week 

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and lie around in the main street

and apparently eat in the local restaurants
"The fish isn't bad but It's not the same as home caught"

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Bath time for 2 of the giant tortoises up at the captive breeding centre. The centre is necessary because of all the man-introduced species like rats and cats that kill the young tortoises and eat their eggs.

As an aid to digestion the tortoises eat the leaves of the poisonous Manchaneel tree. We've seen this tree all over the Caribbean but don't think anything eats it there.

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A male marine iguana staring us out

and more crabs than you can shake a stick at

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It is quite a busy little port and they are going to great lengths to pretty it up. 

Just as a change from sea lion pictures, a vermillion bellied lizard.

We went swimming with the sea lions in a small bay a short walk from the town. They weren't very interested unless we dived down but then would swim up really close to play. Erik blames the sea lions for the bug he went down with as the coughing sounded very sea lionish!