In the shallow water I could spot the fins of small sand sharks breaking the surface, and the few rocks on this sand beach hosted the ever-present sea iguana drying in the sun and spitting sea salt.
A turtle swam by, into the lagoon, and at one point I thought I could see a small manta fly by underwater. What a perfect good-by those Galápageños were giving me!
But the sun was standing higher now, really heating up the day. I decided to finish the last part of the path and go swimming in the small sheltered bay, hidden around a long bend. The path led me to an area with an old grove of gorgeous tree opuntias, and immediately there were a few finches circling about.
Coming around another turn I startled;
A few meters ahead between a few tall plants, stood a man wearing a old straw hat and wide shirt and trousers of a rough material which looked like linen. I looked closer:
He was a young odd-looking fellow with huge 19th century reddish-blond sideburns, staring at me at least as surprised as I was.
‘Hi – my name is Darwin’, he said with a clearly British voice.
‘Hi – I thought so!’ I answered without thinking.
What a stupid response, where were my manners? How about a polite “Nice to meet you Charles, heard a lot about you!”
Something was truly odd here, and in my puzzlement I turned to my left still not thinking properly.
There it was: about half a dozen more people, all in normal modern clothing, holding microphones and cameras. A film crew!
And not just any film crew as it turned out, but those insanely dedicated and talented guys that were finishing the shooting of the great BBC documentary ‘Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World’.
We exchanged a few greetings and explanations, and they asked if I had seen any sand sharks. After I told them where, I went on my way, still quite bedazzled.
Yes – my Darwin was ‘only’ a filmmaker taking advantage of his likeliness with the great naturalist, and was acting as him in a segment of the documentary – but to me, that morning, I had truly met Charles Darwin in his world.