Fernandina Island

Aug 21, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


As the sun came up over Isabela Island, we spotted several tropical whales. After breakfast, we landed on Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, the youngest and pristine island of the Galapagos. We walked along Pahoe-hoe lava fields until reaching an Ah-ah Lava field. During the walk, we spotted lava cactus, marine iguanas, sea turtles, hawks, flightless cormorants, herons, sea lions, spotted eagle rays, and penguins. Unusually orcas were also seen right next to the visitor site. After the visit, we went snorkeling with California sea lions, pacific green turtles and marine iguanas.

In the afternoon, we visited Punta Vicente Roca where after a dingy ride along the shoreline we sailed on board the National Geographic Endeavour II to cross the equatorial line while wine tasting on the sun deck.

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Fabian Bucheli

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Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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