Playa Espumilla, Caleta Bucanero, Puerto Egas

Apr 03, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we anchored at Playa Espumilla. There we walked along the beach and observed sea turtle tracks, ghost crabs, brown pelicans, and blue-footed boobies plunge diving for lunch. Later that morning we entered the warm temperate waters, snorkels dawned, to witness the flurry of wildlife flourishing just beneath the sea surface. Lots of tropical fish, fur seals, and marine invertebrates were all part of this vivid mix of color and motion. In the afternoon, we went to Puerto Egas to walk along rocky shores and look for several species of coastal birds.

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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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