Española Island

Jul 16, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The journey continued this morning when we woke up, surrounded by the turquoise waters of Gardner Bay. As we explored the white coral sand beach, we were promptly visited by Española mockingbirds, which showed no fear of us as they proceeded to dig through our gear on the beach. Hundreds of Galápagos sea lion lazed upon the beach after foraging offshore while young pups nursed. Some of our guests snorkeled in the bay and were delighted with the interaction with sea lions as they blew bubbles at us and tried to grab our snorkel fins.

Heading into the afternoon, we encountered an incredible density of life. As we were walking along a path on the island a waved albatross soared overhead and pairs in the nesting colony gave a phenomenal display as they encountered their mates. Española lava lizards flitted about on the path with Nazca boobies watched over the southern cliffs and the sun dipped into the horizon as our wonderful exploration of the island continued to present surprises with a unique diversity of life.

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Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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