Santa Cruz Island

Oct 23, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Santa Cruz Island is the second largest volcano in Galapagos, and it has many visitor sites all around its coastline. It is covered in white or black sandy beaches, some of which are very important nesting ground for Pacific green sea turtles.

This morning we disembarked on the northern side of the Island, at a point known as Dragon’s Hill. Our mission was to search for Galapagos land iguanas. Introduced species such as goats, dogs and cats dramatically disturbed the population of these terrestrial reptiles over the past few decades, and so this area is now under management, making sure the iguanas are safe in their home.

For the afternoon we continue exploring the northern site by Zodiacs, and we had the chance to see blue-footed boobies, pelicans, frigatebirds and a black-tipped reef shark in their nursery.

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Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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Dave Katz

Video Chronicler

As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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