Bartolome and North Seymour Island

Nov 11, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Bartolome Island and its magnificent scenery this morning was an incredible visit for those who were up early. The ensuing snorkel and beach visit introduced the guests to a several white-tipped reef sharks, three species of ray and a plethora of fish. Then the penguins arrive…Another great snorkel in the afternoon in Rabida brought us the riches of the baitfish. They were in huge numbers and blue-footed boobies were diving for them. Kayakers saw the first turtles, which were enthralling. However, it was the sunset-walk that won the day with as huge feeding frenzy was underway with tuna and sharks chasing the baitfish and frigates, pelicans and boobies fighting for the remains.

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Paul McFarling


Paul is British, born of an English father and a French mother, and was brought up in West London, England. In 1984, he came to Galápagos twice to visit his brother, who was a Naturalist Guide there at the time. This sparked off a yearning for these addictive islands, and so sure enough, Paul followed in his brother’s footsteps. He obtained an Honour’s Degree in Environmental Biology from Swansea University, before starting to guide here in 1992. Since then, he has combined his work here with another passion: world history.

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