North Seymour and Rabida

Dec 24, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


In the center of Galapagos North Seymour is one of the most diverse islands in terms of fauna although poor in vegetation due mainly to its low elevation.

Here reside some species of sea birds; among others are the two species of frigates and one species of boobies. Magnificent and great frigate have both chosen the island to live and nest for finding fish in the surrounding waters is relatively easy and there is plenty for both. There are many males this time with their red pouches fully up to attract the females, although others are already engaged in incubation or taking care of the young as well as feeding them.

In the same area, nest the blue-footed boobies, not plenty, because this is the end of the current nesting season; however, a few young are still here waiting for their parents for food.

Another attraction is the Land iguana; a dinosaur-looking reptile, which lives on the island since the 1930,’s when it was rescued from almost extinction due to predation and man activities on the neighbor island of Baltra. There were plenty of them showing a vast and fast natural recovery.

One of the best attractions of the Galapagos is without a doubt the sea lion, enigmatic creature well known for having such a charm that people end up taking pictures no matter how many are already taken. Some groups witnessed a birth, such an incredible experience. This and more makes this island one of the best sites for wildlife.

After some navigation, we arrive to the island of Rabida, which stands out from the others for having a red color sand due to the large amount of iron oxide.

Sea lions come to this beach to rest and at this time of the year to mate and give birth. These are one of the best attractions of the place because they can also play with you in the water. Snorkelers can enjoy this place so much for many are the attractions here. Turtles, colorful fish, rays and even sharks sometimes, the friendly ones.

The ones that do not go to the deep snorkel can do it in the easier beach area.

The day finishes with a walk on the red island for a phenomenal landscape in combination with interesting wildlife.

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About the Author

Patricio Maldonado

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Patricio, better known as Pato amongst his friends, was born in the Galápagos Island. His family moved to the islands from the mainland and settled on the island of Santa Cruz over thirty-five years ago. Pato had an enchanted childhood in the islands, where his keen interest in the wildlife of the Galápagos was born initially through catching lizards and observing how they lost their tails. His experiences in the islands have led him to teach visitors about the need to protect this rare and unique environment.

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