Seymour and Rábida Islands

Apr 15, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This morning we visited North Seymour island, located at the center of the archipelago. This small island hosts countless marine and terrestrial animals, and today we had the privilege of exploring pristine nature of this unique place. We spotted male Magnificent and Great frigatebirds, using their inflated gular sacs to attract females. We also saw land iguanas, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, Galapagos gulls and Galapagos sharks.

In the afternoon we sailed to Rabida Island, which is a unique environment with a dark red landscape. We had an incredible deep-water snorkeling outing, with white-tipped reef sharks, Pacific green sea turtles, and Galapagos sea lions. To complete our day we had a relaxing walk at the beach watching the sunset. It was a wonderful dayn but this is only the beginning!  There is so much to discover and to explore onboard National Geographic Endeavor II.

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Africa Berdonces

Naturalist

Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Matthew Ritenour

Video Chronicler

Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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