Espanola Island

Nov 19, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today’s expedition took place on the oldest island of the Galapagos Archipelago, Espanola Island, also known as Hood Island. We spent the morning snorkeling at Gardner Islet and at Gardner Beach, where a big sea lion colony lives. In the afternoon, we visited Punta Suarez in Espanola Island. As we set foot on its lava rock terrain, a big group of colorful marine iguanas and the curious Hood mockingbird welcomed us. Along the trail, we had close encounters with various birds such as nesting Nazca boobies, waved albatross adults and chicks, the Galapagos dove and a Galapagos hawk. As the sun went down, we came back onboard, after spending an amazing day on the Enchanted Islands.

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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