Posted by: Waheeda Harris | July 11, 2013

Cycle of life

In the Galapagos Islands, it was a endless array of wildlife making themselves known to us – from the frigate birds we would see overhead to the endless varieties of fish we would see below when we descended into the water to snorkel.

And as I’ve written, it wasn’t just the amount but the proximity – no fences or barriers – just a reminder to not touch them, but the animals could touch you.

But on one short hike, we were shown the end of the cycle of life – in the most artistic way.

Ecuador - Galapagos whale skeleton

This is the skeleton of a small whale, left on the Mosquera Island where its bleached by the sun and ignored by the resident population of sea lions sunbathing and birds frolicking.

Unlike many of the Galapagos Islands, Mosquera has an extensive beach area and plenty of places to swim on one side, while its other side is very rocky. So it seemed odd that this skeleton was found here, but there it was, the bones lined up in the soft sand.

Although it represented the end of life of a Galapagos creature, it reminded us that this place reminds us of the delicate balance of the planet. And how we should be aware to let it be as much as we can.

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