North Seymour and Rabida
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 17 Jul 2022

North Seymour and Rabida, 7/17/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

For our second day in the Galapagos, National Geographic Endeavour II anchored in the North Channel, between North Seymour Island and South Seymour Island (also known as Baltra). Both islands were created by an uplifting of the ocean floor.

We started our day with activities over North Seymour, located on the north side. During the hike or Zodiac ride, our guests enjoyed a typical arid vegetation zone that holds a diverse community of marine birds, such as blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, noddy terns, land iguanas, and swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gull.

By the afternoon, we navigated for two hours to Rábida Island. After an introduction to the marine world of the Galapagos Islands, we ended our day with a stroll over an iron-oxide beach. The trail goes around a saltwater lagoon. We observed fourteen American flamingos, and we even saw a chick and an egg in a nest!

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