Fernandina and Isabela Island

Nov 11, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today, as we woke up, we were navigating along the Bolivar Canal in the western part of the Galapagos Islands. We gathered on the observation deck in search of marine mammals. Right after breakfast, we disembarked at Punta Espinoza in Fernandina Island, the newest island of the Galapagos. This walk was amazing. We observed a Galapagos hawk feeding on a juvenile marine iguana. Flightless cormorants were hunting by the shore, while some marine iguanas were basking on the rocks. Marine iguanas were definitely the most prominent animal on this visit. During snorkeling, we could observe many of these reptiles diving next to green sea turtles.

In the afternoon, we went to explore the collapsed caldera of Volcano Ecuador, in the north side of Isabela Island. The landscape of this volcanic formation offered an exceptional opportunity to talk about the geology of the Galapagos Islands. After this Zodiac ride, we navigated north in order to cross the equatorial line to celebrate a special moment onboard National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Javier Carrion

Naturalist

Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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Joshua Vela

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Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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