Espanola Island

Jan 12, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up in front of the oldest island of the Galapagos Archipelago, Espanola Island, which is estimated to be about 3.4 million years. This island is home to several endemic species, including the Espanola mockingbird and the Espanola lava lizard.

In the morning, we shared the beautiful white sand beach of Gardner Bay with sleeping sea lions and curious pelicans. We also got our first Galapagos underwater experience with some beautiful snorkeling. In the afternoon, we were successful in our search of the only albatross that nests in the Galapagos, the waved albatross!

Our first full day in the Galapagos was magical and breathtaking, and this is just the beginning!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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