Isabela Island

Aug 22, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited the largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago covering 58% of the Galapagos Islands total land mass, Isabela Island. In the morning we visited Urbina Bay where we enjoyed walking along male yellow iguanas and contemplating 6km upwelling terrain that occurred in 1954 when 5m of sea floor got uplifted. After a warm walk we got cool down with an open water swim from Urbina Bay beach to the ship. The rest of the day we had multiple activity options such as kayaking with sea lions, paddle boarding while we spotted sharks and snorkeling with fast swimming penguins and cormorants, yes you read that right, Galapagos swimming flightless cormorants. During a zodiac ride, Global Explorers collected plankton that we observed in the microscope and while aboard worked creating a new species of Galapagos fish using their creativity and all the knowledge they have acquired these days about fish. In the afternoon we hiked up to Tagus Cove to watch the sunset on top of Darwin Lake. 

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Africa Berdonces

Naturalist

Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

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