North Seymour & Rabida Island

Dec 23, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today, we awoke to the sights and sounds of North Seymour Island. From the ship, we could already spot hundreds of seabirds flying around the island.

As we disembarked, we were greeted by friendly sea lions. During our exploration of the island, we spied many birds at close range. We saw frigatebirds taking care of their young, as well as swallow-tail gulls and a few blue-footed boobies, plunge diving along the coast. From our naturalists, we also learned about the land iguanas we came across.>

During lunch, Captain Eduardo Neira navigated the ship north to Rabida Island. From its red-sand beach, some of us snorkeled in shallow waters. Those who went deeper encountered white-tipped sharks and fur seals. Our day ended with a sunset walk on the beach, accompanied by land birds and sea lions.

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About the Author

Javier Carrion

Naturalist

Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

About the Photographer

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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