North Seymour and Jervis Islands, Galápagos, Ecuador

Jan 07, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up anchored in a canal between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. After breakfast we landed on North Seymour Island and during our walk we saw sea lions, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, lava lizards, a snake, frigate birds, small marine iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls. Land iguanas were introduced in the 1930’s and today we can see how the surviving Opuntia Cactus is getting taller and developing thorns due to selection/predation by the iguanas.

After a nice lunch and a siesta we visited Rabida (Or Jervis Island, an old red island due to the rust of the iron content in the basalt.) where we snorkeled and walked on the red sand at sunset.

Another beautiful day in paradise had to come to an end.

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Fabian Bucheli

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Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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