The old Lindblad adage that “no two expeditions are alike” was certainly true this week, as one of our Galápagos expeditions enjoyed a truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter. Expedition Leader Carlos Romero reports from the National Geographic Islander: “In my many years spent exploring the Galápagos Islands, I have had the privilege of witnessing and reporting on a variety of extraordinary events. As we navigated along the western coast of Isabela Island near Ecuador Volcano this morning, I experienced one of the best sightings of cetaceans that I have ever observed in these remote realms.” Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

National Geographic Islander
's staff and guests started off their day by spotting a pod of bottlenose dolphins bow-riding the ship, followed by common dolphins, and to cap it all off, short-finned pilot whales—an incredibly rare sight in the islands. Above, you can see Carlos's photo of one of the bottlenose dolphins sighted that day; read on to see the pilot whales.

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