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

Punta Vicente Roca

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.

The Marine Iguanas of Punta Vicente Roca

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Marine iguanas

The marine iguanas that inhabit this island are 1 of the 7 sub-species of marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, and the largest in size. These iguanas are able to grow to be very large due to the high concentration of nutrients produced by the rich variety of seaweeds that grow underwater along western coast of Isabela Island. It appears that male marine iguanas develop larger than normal size as a factor in sexual selection. Large males are more attractive to female iguanas.

The Swimming Birds of the Western Islands

Flightless Cormorant in Galapagos

Flightless Cormorant in Galapagos

Flightless cormorants can also be found at Punta Vicente Roca. On this occasion we found flightless cormorants nesting along the coast of the island. The Galapagos flightless cormorant is endemic to the islands. These birds are remarkable for being able to swim but not being able to fly. The male flightless cormorant, which are visibly larger than the female, has a record of submerging at depths of up to 74 meters and staying underwater for 4 and a half minutes.

A Journey Along the Coast

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Sea turtle swimming about

Our coastal exploration began in the morning, along the coast you could see how the rocks came alive. As we approached, we were struck by the number of marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals moving among the rocks. The Nazca boobies were perching on the rocks and an impressive number of sea turtles were floating around us on all sides.

When it was time to start our snorkeling activity, we were all excited, ready to dive into the sea. The water temperature was at 23 degrees Celsius and there was excellent visibility. Because of the clear waters we were able to marvel at the amount of sea turtles. They were everywhere! Resting on the sea floor, resting on the sea surface, feeding on the shore, everywhere! Then a group of penguins appeared, following a school of fish. We watched them closely and were able to take some good videos. The tropical fish were everywhere, too! The magic of the Galapagos had captivated us.

You can visit Punta Vicente Roca on Yacht La Pinta’s Western Islands Itinerary. The islands are waiting for you!

Daniel Moreano

Daniel Moreano

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