Floreana Island

Apr 22, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning, as a sun tried to break through the low-lying mist, we proceeded to land at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. There is no other place I would rather visit on this Earth Day than this world among itself in the Galapagos Archipelago. We proceeded to land and encounter unique species including greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and diamond stingrays.

As we crossed a peninsula to a coralline white sand beach and Pacific Green sea turtle nesting area, we unfortunately encounter plastic that has washed up onto the coast. Naturalists and guests help to collect this problematic item from the coast that most likely arrived from distant waters. It is a shame that destructive practices like this continue on this planet, however we hope that all of our guests will be ambassadors for the change that this planet needs so desperately.

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About the Author

Jason Heilmann

Expedition Leader

Growing up in northern California, Jason was surrounded by the incomparable nature of the Pacific Northwest. While attending university there, Jason met and eventually married an Ecuadorian woman who happened to be from a small group of islands off the coast of western South America. It was thus that Jason’s path led him to Ecuador and, in time, to one of the most revered natural environments on earth, the Galápagos Islands.

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