Fernandina Island

Oct 28, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today we woke up on the western realm, right in the hot spot of the Galapagos. This is the place that gave birth to the archipelago, and this morning we set foot on the youngest island of them all, Fernandina Island.

During our hike this morning, we encountered hundreds of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants feeding their young and mating, sea lions resting and nursing and Galapagos Hawks scanning the area for food. The rest of the morning was spent in the water snorkeling with sea turtles, sea lions, penguins and big schools of fish around us.

The afternoon was filled with more wildlife during an afternoon Zodiac ride along the edge of Ecuador Volcano, and the day ended with a sunset wine tasting while crossing the equatorial line. Another magical day in the Enchanted Islands!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Dave Katz

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As a family growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, free time was spent in the outdoors. Dave’s mother, an earth science and biology teacher turned weekend hikes into informative lessons. The beautiful gorges, lakes and forests made a lasting impression.

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