Isabela Island

Mar 20, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning we disembarked with the hopes of finding Galapagos giant tortoise on our walk at Urbina bay on Isabela Island; as soon as we started our walk we found a young tortoise drinking from a small rain puddle, right next to it there was a big male munching on poison apples that are a delicacy to them. A few meters later, we found another and another some of them, where even leading the walk in total we found 13 giant tortoises, according to our young explorers that were doing the counting.  Not to say the least the huge colorful land iguanas were also basking themselves along the trail so everyone was able to photograph these yellow dragons.

In the afternoon the kayak session was a great success, not to mention the Zodiac ride where the saw at least 20 penguins that had just arrived from their fishing adventure. The walk along the trail of Tagus cove was a great way to end the day with Darwin finches and mockingbirds singing in order to attract a partner.

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Magdalena Terneus


Magdalena Terneus has always been passionate about nature, and an animal lover ever since she can remember.   Magdalena studied Natural Science- Biology at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship, with the idea of working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands.  After graduating from Lock Haven, she went back to Ecuador and worked in the La Selva Lodge in the Ecuadorean rain forest.   After working in the rain forest, she took the Galapagos guide course, so she could work as a guide in the Galapagos Islands.

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Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

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Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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