Fernandina and Isabela Islands

Apr 02, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up in the Bolivar Canal, which lies between Isabela and Fernandina Islands. A thick fog was close to the water and it took a while to be able to see clearly. Our efforts were rewarded when we spotted several tropical whales and manta rays on the surface of the water. We landed on Punta Espinosa to see flightless cormorants, sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas basking in the sunlight.

After the visit, we snorkeled in 64 degrees water and spotted several pacific green sea turtles, marine iguanas and flightless cormorants swimming unconcerned by our being there. Then we navigated due north for a visit to Punta Vicente Roca where we swam and rode the zodiacs along the shore. This magical day ended with wine tasting along the equatorial line.

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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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