North Seymour & Rabida Islands

May 13, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today was a very special day for all mothers aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II, they were fortunate to spend Mother’s Day on a special place, the Galapagos Islands. We started with an early photographic expedition on North Seymour Island, an uplifted island and bird magnet. We observed many sea birds looking for a mate and taking care of their young and our first land iguanas, sun bathing and foraging for food. In the afternoon, we moved position to Rabida Island, a red island due to high concentrations of iron oxide. On our way to our first snorkeling at Rabida Island, we were surprised by a pod of dolphins that stayed with us jumping and swimming around the zodiacs. We finished a beautiful day on the beautiful red beach of Rabida Island for a sunset beach walk, it was definitely a very special Mother’s Day!

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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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