North Seymour & Rabida

Jun 23, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Sunday was a sensational day in the Galapagos. We had the chance to visit two islands of this magical archipelago. The first was North Seymour, a seabird paradise, so after breakfast we put on our life jackets and off we went by Zodiac. We landed in the northern side, ready to do a loop around this wonderful uplifted island, and right at the beginning, we encountered our first blue-footed boobies and Galapagos sea lions. The chances that we had here to photograph wildlife were incredible. Blue-footed booby chicks in all their fluffy stages, male frigatebirds with their gular pouch puffed up to attract a mate, both of these species taking care of and feeding their chicks, all unbothered by our presence. Then land iguanas, with their fierce look, walked next to us without a care in the world. After a couple of hours, we were back on the ship, full of excitement from the amazing experience we had and from what was going to come next. We tried on the snorkel gear and headed for lunch while we navigated to the next island in our itinerary.

Rabida, the red island was our next stop. Rabida´s beach offered us the chance to practice our snorkeling skills. A group of us headed there, while more experienced snorkelers went straight to deep water. As we entered the water, parrotfish, surgeonfish, puffers, wrasses, sea lions, sharks and sea turtles crossed our way!

The late afternoon was still full of activities, a hike in Rabida´s cliffs identifying the famous Darwin´s finches or a walk along the red sandy beach photographing sea lions and flamingos in the sunset.

Back on board, we enjoyed the evening in the lounge, learning more from our naturalist in our daily recap sessions and about tomorrow’s activities from our expedition leader Paula. We can´t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

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About the Author

Anahí Concari

Naturalist

Anahí grew up in a small house by the beach in the Galápagos Islands. Along with her best friend, she used to wander during the days around mangrove trees, becoming a different animal every day. She used to camp on solitary beaches, snorkel with sharks, dive with her uncle, a local dive instructor, and sail around the islands with her free spirit neighbors, learning about nature with her own hands, eyes and ears.  

About the Photographer

Beau Price

Divemaster

Born on Australia’s northern beaches and raised on the coast of tropical Queensland, Beau developed his love for the ocean and all things water at an early age. Forever planning a career revolving around water, he became a PADI Divemaster before graduation and quickly climbed the ranks to become a PADI Master Instructor. During this time, Beau also became the head service technician for several companies and founded NARC’D Diving Services; a commercial diving and marine contracting business. To broaden his experience in the industry, Beau also gained accreditation to become an ADAS Commercial Diver, specializing in demolition and salvage operations. As a result, he has worked on many projects, including flood relief, military training, Hollywood film sets, documentaries and various deep ocean dive operations. Most recently, Beau has secured a coveted position within the Australian Defence Force on their Helicopter Underwater Escape Training team. In addition to his strong passion for the ocean and subsequent diving, Beau is also an avid traveller out of the water, often visiting new countries in his free time. He is proud to say he’s had the opportunity to dive on every continent.

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