Today is our last full day of expedition aboard National Geographic Endeavour II. Locally known as “The Bird Island,” Genovesa is locatedin the northeast of the archipelago. We anchored the ship in what was once the crater of a volcano. We explored many different nesting sites for seabirds like red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, etc. We also observed marine life by snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. We enjoyed Zodiac tours along the beautiful basaltic cliffs. We had amazing encounters with the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
National Geographic Endeavour II
North Seymour & Rabida Islands
We began our day with a landing on North Seymour, where we encountered hundreds of birds, mostly frigatebirds flying overhead. We followed a path that took us to a breeding site of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. We watched their mating displays in awe as nature showed us its wonderful ways. Male frigatebirds inflated their red gular sacs and stretched out their wings trying to attract a mate. Male blue-footed boobies slowing raising their cerulean feet to show a potential mate that they can fish well and support a nest. We also spotted land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a Galapagos racer snake along the path. We continued our navigation to Rabida Island, famous for its red sand beach, a coloration resulting from iron oxide in its volcanic soil. Those who chose to snorkel were delighted with sightings of sea turtles, sharks, Galapagos sea lions, and colorful fish. As the sun dipped into the horizon, we continued with a casual walk to a brackish pond that has a resurgent population of American flamingos, an excellent way to finish this day.