Mar 24, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today National Geographic Endeavour II sailed to one of the oldest Islands, Espanola. In the morning we snorkeled around Gardner Islet and saw a few tropical fish, sea lions and colorful marine invertebrates. Later, we landed in Gardner Bay, a beautiful sandy beach. Many sea lions were sleeping or resting on the shore, and the curious Española mocking bird was wandering around our stuff.

In the afternoon we navigated to Punta Suárez, a paradise for sea birds. There we saw Nazca boobies at the peak of their breeding season with many chicks at different life stages. The view from the cliffs was breathtaking, and we had the chance to take pictures of sea birds in flight. We watch as female marine iguanas were digging their nests, while the Galapagos hawk was perching on top of its nest.

Every day is a new adventure in the Enchanted Isles!

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Luis Vinueza


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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