Floreana Island

Feb 24, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today has been a day of vigorous adventures!

We started with a beautiful walk along the two bays of Punta Cormorant. We spotted some sea turtles mating, a pelican drying its wings, and witnessed the sea turtle tracks close to the nesting area right on the beach. It seemed like the night before had a lot of activity! Then we walked to the lagoon, where we found over 37 adult flamingos and some juveniles feeding. We also spotted a couple of blue-footed boobies doing their courtship, and some Galapagos carpenter bees pollinating endemic plants. All of this was happening during our 6:30 a.m. outing! Meanwhile, other guests were enjoying an early kayaking exploration.

We had breakfast back onboard and then it was time for snorkeling, which happened to be amazing today! Thousands of tropical fish were seen: king angelfish, Pacific Creole fish, damselfish, black-striped salemas – a very active school of white-tip reef shark – plus lots of sea lions in different areas, playing around together. Visibility was great and every one of us were absolutely happy to experience this amazing outing!

Our Mexican lunch was delicious. One of our naturalists offered a human history talk, which was very informative before visiting the famous Post Office Bay, which has the oldest mailing system. During our visit, we kept that tradition alive.

Later, some guests remained on the beach to have a relaxing time, while others went for a swim or a second session of kayaking around the beautiful area of the Baroness Viewpoint. At this viewpoint, we encountered sea turtles and sea lions swimming around us. At the same time, Zodiac rides were exploringhe area and juvenile blue-footed boobies were improving their skills for flying and fishing.

Floreana offered us a lot, and I think we all are very thankful for this wonderful day!

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About the Author

Paola Luque

Naturalist

Paola was born in the major Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, raised near the ocean and rivers. Since childhood she felt a deep connection with nature, which led her to settle in the Galapagos Archipelago in 1998, on the central island of Santa Cruz. Here she got involved in the tourism industry, with a particular interest in food and cooking.Her passion for the sea and traveling then led her to sail the world's oceans to remote destinations, working as crewmember and chef on private yachts for 5 years.

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