Bartolomé Island and Sombrero Chino

Dec 06, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This morning started with a gorgeous sunrise!  We all then went out on a pre-breakfast outing hike up to the summit of Bartholomew Island. On the way up the stairs, we learned about the volcanic formation of the island. It was fascinating to learn about the pioneer plants and how life begins with the rebirth of volcanic islands.  The stray cacti on the otherwise barren landscape attests to the power of Mother Nature. When we reached the summit we were treated to spectacular views of the surrounding islands, including Sombrero Chino which was our afternoon destination.

After breakfast on board the National Geographic Endeavour II, we then went to a white sand beach to snorkel and explore the sea life.  There we were treated to sightings of several varieties of sea stars, parrot fish, and a true highlight was an encounter in the water with two Galapagos penguins! Then we had the chance to snorkel in deeper waters along the coast of lava flows.  There we saw a marbled ray and white-tipped reef sharks. We ended our snorkeling excursion with a close-up penguin encounter.

The afternoon kicked off with the reposition of the National Geographic Endeavour II towards Sombrero Chino. While navigating we had a photography lecture. Once we dropped anchor we had another round of deep water snorkeling. More of the exciting Galapagos marine life was spotted!

The highlight of the afternoon was a Zodiac ride just before sunset.  The light was spectacular.  Galapagos penguins were perched on the lava flows for all of us to admire.  Great blue herons and pelicans put on a display for us to complete another amazing day in the Galapagos!

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Written and Photo contributions by Katherine Golden and Kathleen Knecht,  2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

Written and Photo contributions by Katherine Golden and Kathleen Knecht, 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows

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