Lindblad Expeditions - From the National Geographic Endeavour in Galapagos - Paula Tagle, expedition leader

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From the National Geographic Endeavour in Galapagos

Oct 17, 2012 - National Geographic Endeavour

Daphne Major
Bride and Groom, Olivia Chapman and Terry Goss, with Captain John Zurita
Daphne Major

Santa Cruz Island and Daphne Major

It is hard to remember the program by heart. There are so many activities that it can be confusing, and we need to check the written sheet to make sure that indeed, all what we thought that was going to happen, is actually happening. But there are also unexpected events, surprises, never promised and yet, they occur. There were whales, tropical whales (or Bryde’s) and a wedding during sunset and stars drawing wonderful constellations that made us dream of remote times when we still believed in Pegasus, a horse with wings, and a prince Perseus rescuing Andromeda from a sea monster, Cetus the whale.

We woke up at the northwestern corner of Santa Cruz, to discover that the scenery is again different from the day before, and the adventures new and fresh. There were land iguanas, and marine invertebrates of all kinds of colors on the walls of Guy Fawkes when we snorkeled. The outline of Isabela, to the west, was perfectly clear. Daphne major, the islet where Peter and Rosemary Grant have done research on Darwin’s finches, was at its best.

And then, the wedding. Captain John Zurita married two young people, at sea, with us and Galapagos as witnesses of their affection and commitment. Wishing a long life to their love!
 


About the Author

Paula Tagle·Expedition Leader

Paula grew up in Guayaquil where she obtained an undergraduate degree in geology from the Polytechnic University of Guayaquil. She enjoyed many field trips all around Ecuador and during her vacations traveled in Central and South America in the hope of learning more about her people and culture. The last year of her studies she worked at a mine looking for a more ecologically responsible way of recovering gold. Interested more in volcanoes than in raw materials, she came to Galápagos, a mecca for geologists, in 1992. She was bewitched by the other wonders of the islands and became a naturalist guide for the Galápagos National Park.