Fernandina & Isabela

Apr 15, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we sailed to the western part of the archipelago, Fernandina and Isabela. The newest Islands are strongly influenced by the Cromwell Undercurrent, which brings cold, nutrient-rich waters. Due to this, we found the largest aggregations of marine iguanas and sea turtles that feed on algae during our morning outing. We also saw the elusive flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins. After our morning walk, we went snorkeling and saw many sea turtles, penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas feeding underwater. The temperature was very pleasant, 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the afternoon, we visited Punta Vicente Roca, a collapsed caldera of Ecuador Volcano, one of the six volcanos that form Isabela. We saw flightless cormorants, Galapagos fur seals and marine iguanas. At around 5:45, we crossed the equator, and celebrated this event with our guests and a group of pirates that came on board for this important occasion. A wonderful way to end another exciting day of exploration in the Galapagos Islands!

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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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