Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. It didn't necessarily attack him.
After we went on our hike, we hopped back onto the zodiac and were dropped off on a beautiful white beach right next to Pinnacle Rock, the big pillar of rock sticking out from the bay. The white strip is the beach we snorkeled by.
As soon as my foot stepped onto the beach, I grabbed my snorkel mark and jumped into the water, ready to experience the snorkeling I'd heard so much about.
Now, it's worth mentioning that I didn't just jump in the water with my t-shirt and shoes. I had on a wet-suit, which is basically a full-body swimsuit that keeps you warm when you swim. Often, divers wear them. If you visit Galapagos a wet-suit is a MUST. The water is as cold as fifty degrees in some spots, and if you don't have something to keep you warm you'll be sitting on the beach, shivering in a towel, instead of being Ariel and swimming with the fish.
That said, the water in Galapagos was some of the clearest I'd ever seen, even though it was cold. There were all sorts of fish; orange and turquoise parrot fish, puffer fish... goldfish (not really). They drifted through the water like colorful bits of confetti. Huge blue reefs resembling giant brains bulged from the sand, and spiky black sea urchins poked menacingly out from their bottom. Other reefs, some purple, others green, grabbed onto the pillars of rock and let their tendrils bob in the currents while small yellow fish darted between them.
It was around this time that my brother grabbed my arm.
"It was like a sack of white bones!" he said, paddling frantically above the water as he spit out his mouth piece. "It puffed up and raced towards me, then swam away to this darker bit of rock. It really was a squid, I swear!"
Never having seen a squid, I was curious, I followed him to the black outcrop of rock, scanning the water for any sign of the creature. However, when we arrived there was nothing but dark shadows leaping across the sand, no white sacks of bones or squids otherwise.
My brother's face fell. "It was here, I promise."
"Uh huh," I said, and then swam away as a cluster of red fish caught my eye. "Maybe you'll see a mermaid next time."
Squid or no squid, snorkeling between these bright reeds was amazing. They may even rival those in Hawaii. Though I was shivering so hard my lips resembled strips of blue bubble gum, standing on the warm sand and remembering the colorful reefs made it all worth it. Though I didn't get any pictures of the fish, take my word for it, it was incredible.
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