Jan 02, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Today’s expedition took place on Floreana Island. In the morning we visited Cormorant Point where there is a brackish water lagoon sometimes visited by flamingoes. This time we were very fortunate to spot five adults and two babies feeding on the lagoon, just a few meters away from us. Wildlife was up early at Cormorant Point, as we also spotted diamond rays coming to shore to warm up and flying fish being chased by Galapagos sea lions and frigate birds. We continued the expedition in the water, snorkeling around Champion Islet where we spotted, octopus, eagle rays and many fish such as parrot fish, razor surgeon fish, and giant damsel fish. Besides being rich in wildlife, Floreana is also rich in human history. This island was visited by pirates and buccaneers in the 1500s and 1700s. In the late 1700s a mail barrel was installed to allow sailors to send mail home delivered by future visiting sailors. Our guests had the opportunity to go back in time and be part of this tradition and send and collect mail from Post Office Bay to hand deliver in their hometowns. A penguin bid us farewell and a beautiful sunset accompanied us back to the National Geographic Islander. It was another amazing day in paradise!