From the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos
Oct 3, 2012 - National Geographic Endeavour
Santa Cruz Island
We navigated around Santa Cruz today to look for another Galapagos adventure. We had a dry landing at Dragon Hill and soon enough we went further into the island among the incense tree forest to look for the endemic land iguanas. The dusty terrain makes this a perfect place for the iguanas to nest and feed on the green succulents that survive the dry season. A red path led us along the area with plenty of iguanas to see. Some were even interacting while showing territorialism for food between them. Some mockingbirds and ground finches were seen, as well as the Galapagos flycatcher.
After the hike, we went out to explore the underwater beauty of the enchanted archipelago. We were very lucky to have the iconic company of Alexandra Cousteau (National Geographic Explorer), who shared with us her experience and knowledge about ocean snorkeling. We did snorkel along a gorgeous colorful wall full of invertebrates of all kinds and semi tropical fish. It was just incredible. The most fascinating part to me was the fact that so many vivid colors were seen in every square inch of that wall.
Sea turtles showed up and some sea lions passed by as they were probably heading to their fishing routines.
A delightful Ecuadorian lunch was waiting for us after snorkeling. The National Geographic Endeavour starting navigating along the coast of Santa Cruz and out at sea in search for cetaceans. Many sea birds were seen from the ship.
The afternoon was even more interesting when National Geographic Explorer Alexandra Cousteau gave a great presentation of her work with fresh water issues around the world. Some of us were more than surprised about everything we learned during her presentation and now admire the work she does with Blue Legacy Foundation even more.
The National Geographic Endeavour navigated around Daphne’s islets to explore the area where the Grants (a couple of British scientists) are still studying finches, and have been for many years.
Science and nature met in a fragile place for us today. A unique place, known as the enchanted archipelago.