Here are more lovely photographs from Cindy Knoke!
The geologically stunning Palamino Islands are off the coast of Callao Peru.
The boat trip out to visit them is exciting as the waters are rough, especially in the narrows between the islands.
Local fisherman brave the rough seas in their small pangas. There is an abandoned prison on one island reminiscent of Devil’s Island, and there are multiple old shipwrecks in the treacherous waters.
Like Isla Ballestas, which I will show you next, these Peruvian islands are a wonderland of marine mammals and birds, including Humboldt Penguins. The Patagonian Sea Lion nurseries, where mamas drop their babies off for group day care while they go off to fish, are especially fascinating. Doesn’t the adult baby sitter in the lower right corner look just a tad stressed? I can relate to how she must feel!
Child care duty takes a village!
These huge southern sea lions are friendly,
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