January 2017

Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca: Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and More!

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Yacht La Pinta
13th to 20th January 2017

Our visit to Isabela Island begins early in the morning. We are aboard Yacht la Pinta. Traveling from Seymour Island to Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island), took us almost 10 hours of navigation. This visitor site is known for hosting colonies of Galapagos fur seals, the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas.

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Espanola Island

Connecting with Nature on Española Island: A Great Expedition

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Daniel Moreano, Expedition Leader
6th January to 9th January 2017

On board the Yacht La Pinta today we visit Española Island. It is considered one of the oldest islands of the Galapagos archipelago.

Espanola Island, Galapagos

Photo by: Steven Bedard

This island is near sea level, and that is why Española Island is dry and arid. On this island it’s very common to find a high level of endemicity present. This means that much of its flora and fauna is unique to the Española Island; this means that there is flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
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Galapagos giant tortoises released

Hundreds of Giant Tortoises Released Back into the Wild

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The 334 giant tortoises released in Galapagos last month had been raised in Ministry of the Environment-sponsored breeding centers on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. Many Galapagos giant tortoise populations are endangered as a result of human exploitation and changes to the reptiles’ natural habitats. Conservationist efforts to the recover the endangered species include raising tortoises in breeding centers with the eventual goal of releasing them into the wild. The project reached a goal last month when adult tortoises were released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island and the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela Island.
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galapagos birds

9 Birds of the Galapagos That You Shouldn’t Miss

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The Galapagos Islands have a surprising number of bird species. There are 56 native species of birds of the Galapagos that live on the islands full time; 45 of these are endemic to the archipelago, which means they can’t be found anywhere else, and the other 11 are indigenous, which means they do live in other places besides the Galapagos. The islands are also home to 29 species of migrant birds; these are both native and migratory. The various birds are categorized as land, shore, or sea birds.

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