Jun 11, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we sailed to the western part of the Archipelago, Fernandina and Isabela. The newest Islands are strongly influenced by the Cromwell Undercurrent that brings cold nutrient rich waters. Due to this fact we found the largest aggregations of marine iguanas and sea turtles that feed on algae. We also saw flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins. We found several hatchlings of marine iguanas and witnessed a great blue heron preying upon small marine iguanas.
Later during the day, we snorkeled and saw many sea turtles, penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas feeding underwater. The temperature was very pleasant, 74 degrees Fahrenheit, unusually warm for this part of the Archipelago during this time of the year.
In the afternoon we visited Punta Vicente Roca, a collapse caldera of Volcano Ecuador, one of the 6th volcanos that form Isabela. We saw a manta ray feeding as well as flightless cormorants, Galapagos fur seals and marine iguanas.At around 17:45 we crossed the equator and celebrated this event with our guest and a friendly group of "pirates".
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