Jun 22, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we visited Genovesa Island. Genovesa is located on the northeast part of the archipelago, due to its location is mostly influence by the Panamic current that brings warm poor nutrient waters to this island. Genovesa is surrounded by deep water; therefore, it is the ideal nesting ground for birds that have pelagic feeding habits.

In the morning, we visited Darwin Bay and observed several nests of the red-footed booby as well as several nests of the great frigatebird. There were few males with their pouch inflated. We also observed swallow tailed gulls nest with chicks of different life stages.

In the afternoon, we climbed up to Prince Phillip’s Steps. We saw the short ear owl and impressive platform that Genovesa offers for sea birds colonies.

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Luis Vinueza


Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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Eli Moterani

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