Fernandina and Isabela Island

Joshua Vela, Video Chronicler, November 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 11 Nov 2019

Fernandina and Isabela Island, 11/11/2019, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

Today, as we woke up, we were navigating along the Bolivar Canal in the western part of the Galapagos Islands. We gathered on the observation deck in search of marine mammals. Right after breakfast, we disembarked at Punta Espinoza in Fernandina Island, the newest island of the Galapagos. This walk was amazing. We observed a Galapagos hawk feeding on a juvenile marine iguana. Flightless cormorants were hunting by the shore, while some marine iguanas were basking on the rocks. Marine iguanas were definitely the most prominent animal on this visit. During snorkeling, we could observe many of these reptiles diving next to green sea turtles.

In the afternoon, we went to explore the collapsed caldera of Volcano Ecuador, in the north side of Isabela Island. The landscape of this volcanic formation offered an exceptional opportunity to talk about the geology of the Galapagos Islands. After this Zodiac ride, we navigated north in order to cross the equatorial line to celebrate a special moment onboard National Geographic Endeavour II.

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