Santa Cruz Island and Guy Fawkes Islet

Jun 05, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Guests onboard National Geographic Endeavour II spent the day exploring northern Santa Cruz Island and Guy Fawkes Islet. Photographers woke early to catch the morning light of Dragon Hill. We hiked through a dry forest of incense trees, prickly pear cacti, and spiny bushes in search of the Galapagos land iguana. We found a pair of land iguanas, male and female, seeking shade under a spiny bush, and discussed behavioral ecology, evolutionary history, and conservation status of these unique creatures. After the introduction of feral dogs to this area several decades ago, the Galapagos National Park Service launched a captive breeding and relocation program that brought this species back to healthy populations. We also observed some unique vegetation and discussed the adaptations that plants have evolved in the dry lowlands of the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, we posted up at various points on the ship to search for marine life. We spotted a few Bryde’s whales and observed the way in which they use bubbles to corral their food. After which, guests enjoyed a wine tasting celebration on the sky deck while circumnavigating Daphne Major islet. After dinner, we enjoyed stargazing with one of our naturalists on the skydeck.

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About the Author

Alexandra Widman

Naturalist

Alexandra grew up on the southeast coast of the United States. She has a deep love for the ocean that stems from her childhood spent surfing, kayaking, diving and fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway. Alexandra has lived on San Cristóbal Island for the past 6 years, having fallen in love with Galápagos the moment she arrived as a fledgling marine ecologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s in environmental science and management from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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