Floreana Island

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!

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About the Author

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. 

About the Photographer

Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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