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Española Island

Dec 03, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The southernmost island of the Galápagos Archipelago is Española. It is over 4 millions years old, and over time this former shield volcano has developed a rather flattened outline. Gardner Bay is in the sheltered, leeward northern side of the island, and on its white, coralline sandy beach lie restful Galápagos sea lions. This long beach is the perfect battlefield for feisty Española mockingbirds, and other land birds like Galápagos doves and Darwin finches abound here. Española’s southern coastline is constantly battered by the southeastern trade winds, therefore tall cliffs rises above the ocean. This is the side preferred by the endemic waved albatrosses, the only tropical albatross species in the world.

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About the Author

Gaby Bohorquez

Naturalist

Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

About the Photographer

Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

About the Videographer

James Napoli

Video Chronicler

Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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