North Seymour & Rabida Island

Jul 22, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


It was our first full day in the Galapagos Islands, and what a wonderful way to start our expedition! We  started the day on a bird magnet island called North Seymour. As we walked along the trail on North Seymour, we had close encounters with juvenile and adult frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas and curious sea lions.

In the afternoon, we navigated towards Rabida Island, where we dropped anchor to explore this beautiful red island. The color of the ground comes from high concentrations of iron oxide. We explored Rabida both on land and underwater, where we spotted sea turtles, played with sea lions and encountered white-tipped reef sharks among other beautiful fish. This is just our first day in paradise and it feels like we have seen already the best, but our guests are about to find out how much more the Galapagos Islands have to offer!

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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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