Española Island

Sep 09, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

What an exciting first full day in the Galapagos Islands! We have woken up at the oldest island of the archipelago, Española Island. We started the day in the water, snorkeling at Gardner Bay and then visited a breathtaking white sand beach, home to a colony of sea lions.

In the afternoon, we moved to Punta Suarez, a spot where waved albatross congregate and nest. As we were walking on the trail spotting marine iguanas and seabirds nearby, we got a gift from nature--a humpback whale with its calf! They were jumping and displaying right off the coast of Española, right in front of us. The rest of afternoon was filled with dancing and flying majestic waved albatross, and a stunning sunset!

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Gianna Haro


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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