Espanola Island

Mar 08, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today was our first full day in the Galapagos. Our first visit was at Gardner Beach, a beautiful white sand beach that is home to a small colony of sea lions. We also explored the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands with our first snorkeling outing.

In the afternoon, we visited Punta Suarez, still on Espanola Island. This site is home to different species of sea birds that form colonies to raise their babies. As we walked along the trail, we encountered blue-footed and Nazca boobies right next to us, as well as Galapagos hawks nesting, and marine iguanas and lava lizards warming up under the last rays of sun. Our first full day in the Galapagos ended with a breathtaking sunset!

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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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