Jul 29, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II
This is our first full day in the Galapagos Islands, and today we are going back in time, visiting the oldest island in the archipelago. Espanola Island is estimated to be 3.5 million years old, and is a wonderful example of the natural laboratory for evolution that exists here. Because of its age, this island and the creatures that inhabit it have had more time to evolve, and you can see it in the colorful species of marine iguana, the endemic lava lizard, and the endemic mockingbird. We started the day exploring the ocean with our first deep water snorkeling excursion, and then continued our adventure on land, visiting a beautiful white sand beach at Gardner Bay, where a sea lion colony lives. In the afternoon, we visited Punta Suarez for an amazing hike among nesting and flying albatross. Today has been magical and this is just the beginning!
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