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Photos of the Week, March 25, 2022

Here in the Lindblad Expeditions home office, the beginning of spring is bringing warmer temperatures and lots of rain. But even in places that don't necessarily have four seasons, change is happening. The Galápagos Islands, for instance, enjoy beautiful weather all year round, but there are only two distinct seasons, and right now, the onset of the rainy season is here, along with beautiful views and fascinating animal behavior. Meanwhile, the trade winds are starting to calm down in The Bahamas, and in Baja California, gray whales and their calves are preparing to move out to the open ocean and head north.

 

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Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 17, 2022

giant tortoise

Our guests enjoyed great opportunities to practice their photography skills on the tortoises, one of the most iconic reptiles found on these islands. We spent a beautiful morning hiking among the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. They were everywhere in large numbers, most of them cooling off in the area’s lagoons since it was a very warm day. We had the opportunity to witness the health of the population of giant tortoises in the central area of the archipelago. —Omar Adrian, Naturalist

 

Santiago Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 17, 2022

silhouetted person walking on a beach

The grottos formed on the shorelines of Puerto Egas are the perfect zone for fur sea lions to hang around and fish in the upwelling areas of nutritious waters. Besides that, many shorebirds are observable in this place. —Bernardo Jacome, Naturalist

 

Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, March 20, 2022

close-up of sand crystals

This beach has a high concentration of olivine crystals. The origins of the green sandy beach are volcanic. In the Galápagos Islands, we have up to six differently colored beaches. —Walter Perez, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

San Cristobal Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 18, 2022

sea lion napping with ship in background

Spending time on Cerro Brujo Beach was a wonderful way to end our day. This very long, white sand beach hosts a colony of sea lions. We have seen many sea lions over the course of our trip, but we just cannot get enough of these beautiful creatures. We enjoy watching them snuggle with each other and scratch their noses with their flippers. It is always a show! —Anahi Concari, Naturalist

 

Boca de Soledad, Baja California

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, March 21, 2022

whale tail

With high winds and large swells, morning whale-watching trips were challenging. We ventured forth and finally spotted a whale. It spyhopped near one of our pangas and then slowly approached so we could get an up-close-and-personal view. It was magical. The whale led us on a merry game of hide-and-seek, popping up here and there for the next hour. Of course, the whale was destined to win this game! —Jim Coyer, Naturalist/Expedition Diver 

 

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 22, 2022

kid rests in hammock behind tortoise

As we drove past cattle ranches and farms, guests observed one of the most iconic species of the Galápagos Islands in the wild: Geochelone porteri, Santa Cruz’s endemic species of giant tortoise. Soon after, we reached a private property owned by the local galapagueños family: El Manzanillo Reserve. In this place, guests can watch the giants resting peacefully and without fear. We disembarked from the buses to explore. We learned about one of the most successful and iconic populations of these magnificent reptiles, right in their natural habitat. —Omar Adrian, Naturalist

 

Bahia Almejas, Baja California

Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, March 23, 2022

pelicans

Brown pelicans gliding over the water. —Alberto Montaudon Ferrer, Naturalist

 

Hawksbill Cay, Bahamas

Exploring the Bahamas’ Out Islands: Natural Wonders & Hidden History, March 23, 2022

whip-tail lizard

Endemic whip-tails were abundant on the beaches of Hawksbill Cay. We found a diverse group of reptiles on our outing, including endemic anoles, brave curly-tailed lizards, cooperative brown racers, and darting whip-tails, to name a few. —Jim Backus, Naturalist

 

Cerro Dragón, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, March 23, 2022

land iguana

Galápagos land iguana with some leftovers around its lower lip. The rainy season has arrived in the Galápagos Islands, and the vegetation is quick to flourish. As food becomes abundant around their habitat, starving iguanas start grazing over leaves and flowers. —Felipe Wittmer Naranjo, Naturalist