Genovesa Island

Apr 27, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up at Genovesa Island. One look out of our window, and we could see that we were in paradise—birds were flying all around the clear blue sky. Our activities started with pre-breakfast paddleboarding along the caldera.

After a delicious buffet breakfast, we continued with the first hike of the day. Our goal today was to get excellent photos of the beautiful red-footed boobies, and we did not have any problem in reaching this goal! They were all over the place flying and building their nests. In addition, the male frigatebirds were displaying their mating behaviors, attempting to attract the attention of the females. Our luck carried through the afternoon, when we spotted the elusive short-eared owl, very well blended among the rocks.

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Ixora Berdonces


Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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Matthew Ritenour

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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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