Isabela Island

Jul 23, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Everyday in the Galapagos is an opportunity to discover the beauty of nature through unbelievable encounters, and today was no exception. We started our day in the western region of the Galapagos. Where we observed a pod of approximately ten pilot whales. Invigorated by such a great beginning, we continued our adventure on Fernandina Island, where we visited Punta Espinoza. Our morning hike was incredible, we enjoyed watching massive groups of marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, flightless cormorants and sea turtles swimming on the shores. Later on we went snorkeling with more sea turtles, flightless cormorants and penguins.

After lunch, we explored Punta Vicente Roca in our Zodiacs, finding our first Galapagos fur seal of the week, and even a pair of juvenile hammerhead sharks swimming around our Zodiacs. Our day continued with a presentation about Charles Darwin by naturalist Socrates Tomala. Finally we navigated south to experience the astonishing landscape of Sierra Negra Volcano, which is currently active with several lava flows reaching the coast. On our way there, we spotted various Bryde´s whales swimming along Canal Bolivar. Words are not enough to express the increduble moments that we had today—pictures can tell the story better …

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About the Author

José Guerrero

Naturalist

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galápagos. His mother was born in the Galápagos and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers there, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the islands.  

About the Videographer

David Barnes

Expedition Leader

David studied history at the University of York in England and theology at the University of Wales.  Research in the field of religious history (at Cardiff) followed on naturally.  He has spent most of his professional life teaching history, most recently in adult education departments within the University of Wales where he has taught a wide variety of courses pertinent to the wider Atlantic world.  In 1988, he made his first lecture-tour of the U.S. for the English Speaking Union. He has published extensively on Welsh history and topography–his most recent book being the Companion Guide to Wales (2005)–and is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to Welsh cultural and literary journals.  In the1990s, David was active in the field of international education, traveling worldwide and spending a year in the U.S. (in Atlanta and New York City).  He speaks English and French in addition to his native Welsh.

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