Floreana Island

Feb 12, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Today we woke to the ship’s nearing Punta Cormorant, the northernmost point of Floreana Island, where we disembarked for an early morning walk in search of wildlife. While ashore, we observed a small flock of flamingos feeding in a beautiful brackish pond. Further along, we came upon a beach containing a constellation of green sea turtles patiently making their way into the ocean. It is the latest part of the nesting season on this beach, which was marked, literally, by a series of sand tracks left by females who have come ashore to deposit and bury their eggs in the sand before returning to the waters.

Near the end of our walk, we found a few blue-footed boobies perched at a cliff’s edge, while others fed along the shore. After we ourselves fed back aboard National Geographic Islander, we went back out for a Zodiac ride along Champion Islet. This was a great opportunity to observe different species of sea birds, such as brown noddy terns, frigate birds, and swallowtail gulls. If this weren’t already enough, we also went deep water snorkeling along the shore of this islet!

Some guests went for kayaking and paddleboarding later that afternoon while others went to visit Post Office Bay. We found ourselves talking at length with one another about the unique relations humans have had over time with such an ecologically peculiar set of islands as those of Galapagos. We ended the day at Post Office Beach. A few walked along the beach, a few more went for a swim, every one of us got a lifetime out of our time here on Floreana Island.

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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 Videographer

Liza Diaz Lalova

Video Chronicler

Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. In 2010, she began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza now lives in Galapagos, where she first came as a student in 2013, and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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