Bartholomew and Rabida Islands

Jan 08, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


It was our first full day in the Galapagos archipelago. It was our first snorkel, first penguin, first white-tipped reef shark, first hammerhead shark, first lobsters in the wild, first octopus, first sea lion underwater, first red beach, first sting rays, first flounder, and first marine turtle. It was a world of firsts in twelve hours! As a resident, as a naturalist for over 30 years here, I get to stay in the islands and watch again and again these marvelous landscapes and happenings. But there is never anything quite so special as the first time.

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Cindy Manning

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Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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