Mar 27, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we visited the northwestern region of Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill. The land iguana population from this part of the archipelago was decimated in the past due to the presence of feral dogs back in the 1970s. However, thanks to the restoration efforts of the Galapagos National Park, this population of land iguanas is now thriving.
Later in the morning, the Zodiacs took us to Guy Fawkes Islets. Our guests had the opportunity to go deep-water snorkeling, and observed yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and parrotfish, and many other species of colorful fish.
In the afternoon we drove the Zodiacs around Eden Islet and mangrove communities. We observed blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies; juveniles hammerhead sharks and black-tipped reef sharks. Later in the afternoon, National Geographic Endeavor II sailed around Daphne Major, and our guests learned about the research that Peter and Rosemary Grant have been conducting on the Darwin finches for more than forty years.
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