Santa Cruz Island

May 22, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning we land on the second largest island in the archipelago and encounter a bustling human population. All ships visit Santa Cruz as this island has a large population of giant tortoises that we are able to encounter in the lush highlands. A very distinct vegetation zone surrounds these massive reptiles as they move in and out of the dense undergrowth, relax in the settled water ponds, and become covered in thick mud.

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Jason Heilmann

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Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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