Genovesa Island is in the Northern hemisphere and very isolated from the rest of the archipelago. This isolation has led to very interesting conditions, such as the absence of terrestrial reptiles, which were never able to colonize this Island. The prickly pear cactus has lost the sharpness of its spines. The top predator is the short-eared owl, which has adapted to hunting during the daily hours. The only marine reptile are the marine iguanas which, by the way, are the smallest of their kind in Galapagos.
National Geographic Endeavour II
For this first full day, we started with a walk over North Seymour Island, located on the north side of Baltra Island (officially known as South Seymour). This uplifted island is also known as Bird Island. It is home to a nice community of marine birds, such as blue-footed boobies, two species of frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls (the only nocturnal gull). For our afternoon activities, we snorkeled by a red colored beach on Rábida island. We concluded the day with a stroll over an iron-oxide beach. Along the trail, we explored a saltwater lagoon with sixteen American flamingos. We even saw some nests!