Genovesa Island

Dec 21, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Shortly before midnight, our captain had the crew start up our engines and haul National Geographic Islander’s anchor. We had a long and slightly rocky navigation north as the wind pushed us along and across the equator. We anchored at dawn in the flooded crater of Genovesa. This island is at the edge of the archipelago and is home to at least a half-million seabirds!

First on our schedule were the early-riser kayakers; they had a good workout and returned to the ship amazed at the number of birds that inhabit this island. After a hearty breakfast, we all went ashore for a walk along the mangrove and saltbushes where frigates, red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies were plentiful. The juvenile red-footed boobies – who still have grey feet – were lined up by the dozens in the shrubs and appeared as curious and interested in us as we were in them. A dozen guests remained on the beach to swim, read or simply contemplate this peaceful place. Sea lions and shorebirds joined us from time to time on the beach, as did the women crewmembers of our ship!

In the afternoon, we saw fur seals and tropicbirds as we cruised along at the base of the cliffs. On the hike there were nesting boobies and frigates and to our delight, a couple of tawny short-eared owls. We motored back to the ship as the sun set in a brilliant orange ball of fire. We have had yet another absolutely incredible day in the magical islas encantadas of Galapagos!

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About the Author

Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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