Oct 27, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we arrived to Genovesa, one of the most pristine and remote islands of the Galapagos, located in the northeast part of the archipelago. This island is also unique because it harbors the biggest colony of red-footed boobies in the world. We landed on Prince Phillips steps early in the morning, and were welcomed by Nazca and red-footed boobies. As we walked along the path, we observed the smallest marine iguanas of the Galapagos. The subspecies of marine iguana that lives on this island has adapted to the warm and nutrient-poor waters, strongly influenced by the Panamic current.
Later in the morning, we kayaked around Darwin Bay, a collapsed caldera. As we paddle, we observed fur sea lions basking on the cliffs as well as many frigatebirds chasing red-billed tropic birds to steal the food they had caught for their chicks.
In the afternoon, we landed on Darwin’s Bay beach, where we observed several chicks of red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds nesting on red mangroves.
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