The Galapagos Islands are not short on beautiful marine birds; however, the Galapagos Albatross, with its wingspan measuring up to 8.2 feet, is an image of pure power and poise. The albatross, also known as the Waved Albatross, is the largest bird in the Galapagos and one of the biggest marine birds in the world, making it a highlight for many visitors to the islands.
The Galapagos Archipelago is considered to be one of the most volcanically active areas in the world. As if to prove this point, four of its volcanoes have erupted in the last 11 years alone (Sierra Negra, 2005; Cerro Azul, 2008; Fernandina, 2009; and, Wolf Volcano, 2015). Read about the Galapagos Volcanic Activity…
The extensive biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is in part due to the natural physical barriers that exist between the islands; however, it is also a result of the wide variety of habitat zones that exist in the islands, particularly the larger ones. While the shores of the islands are typically rocky and barren, the highlands are extremely luscious and moist, and separating the two is a variety of transition habitat zones.
The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is perhaps the most well known species in the Galapagos Islands, and not without reason. These monstrous reptiles weigh up to 550 pounds and can live for up to 150 years, easily passing 100. However, while it is the longest living vertebrate and one of the largest reptiles in the world, it is also one of the rarest. Read More
Earlier this year, the Ecuadorian Government made the much-celebrated decision to extend the Galapagos Marine Reserve, an additional 18,000 sq. miles. The new reserve, called Shark Sanctuary in the Galapagos Archipelago, is predominantly around the northernmost Galapagos islands, Darwin and Wolf, it will include the greatest concentration of sharks in the world and provide protection for the rich marine ecosystem upon which the sharks and thousands of other species depend.
Among renowned stories of pirates and treasure, toothless dentists and lumbering giant reptiles, the Galapagos Islands were part of a highly confidential military mission during World War II. In 1941, a top-secret military base was built on Baltra in response to U.S. concerns about Japanese actions. Read more about “The Rock” – a US Army Base.
July 1 – 8
On the morning of Saturday, July 2, the sea at Punta Vicente Roca didn’t show optimal conditions for snorkelling, so I decided to call it off and ask our guests to come to the sun deck. I had the hope to spot a whale or some wildlife activity between Isabela and Fernandina Islands, a place known as Bolivar channel which is rich in marine wildlife due to its cold waters from June to December. All of a sudden, one of our naturalist guides, Ernesto Vaca, spot some activity at a short distance, so our Captain took us to that place and within minutes, we were surrounded by marine birds fishing, sea lions playing and a group of Bryde’s whales blowing water, what a great event!
Suddenly someone spotted something exhaling a huge blow. It was a blue whale! The largest animal ever known to have existed. Probably 30 metres (42 ft) long and reaching 30 tons. It was an amazing show, and we were lucky to witness it. A memory that will stay with us forever!