North Seymour & Rabida Islands

Mar 04, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


An equatorial sun brightens the island of North Seymour as we land and explore. Land iguanas, frigatebirds, and blue-footed boobies accompany us as we make our way around the island, proving once again that these species are not afraid of us. The crystalline turquoise water surrounds us as we navigate towards Rabida and we are surprised at the bright red coloration of the entire island. Snorkeling brings us in contact with the undersea world, including white-tipped reef sharks, Pacific green sea turtles, diamond sting rays, and an abundance of fish. In the late afternoon, we go for a walk along the coast, observing young sea lions bathing in the last rays of the late afternoon sun.

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Jason Heilmann

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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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