Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Nov 27, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we had one of the most exciting days of our expedition. We traveled to the western part of the Archipelago. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we crossed the Equator and celebrated this with by walking north and south of the equatorial line. Later, we snorkeled around Punta Vicente Roca; the conditions were ideal, and the visibility was perfect to spot dozens of green sea turtles, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and fur seals.

In the afternoon, we sailed to Fernandina, the youngest island of the Galapagos. There we visited Punta Espinosa. We landed on lava fields and observed dozens of marine iguanas, some males were holding their territories and some other males were hanging out together.  We also spotted not only the female but also the male and a juvenile Galapagos hawk. 

Before sunset, we came back onboard National Geographic Islander and on the top deck, tasted some wine while admiring the landscape of one of the most pristine islands of this archipelago. 

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Luis Vinueza

Naturalist

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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