16th to 20th February 2017
Today while sailing aboard the La Pinta Galapagos cruise ship, we visited Punta Suarez on Española Island, which is located on the southeastern side of the Galapagos archipelago. Española Island is one of the oldest islands of the archipelago, and even though it has suffered from erosion, it offers amazing cliff-side landscapes along with an overwhelming diversity of wildlife. This island takes up the morning portion during the 4th day of the Yacht La Pinta Eastern Itinerary.
Blue-footed boobies are large sea birds (with a five-foot wingspan and measuring 70-90 cm in length) that are most recognizable by their stunning sky-blue feet. They can be observed breeding along the coast of Southern California and down the western coast of America to Peru, but are most commonly known to inhabit the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Blue-footed boobies are one of the most iconic species in the archipelago, and are celebrated for their spectacularly precise plunge-diving and their highly-ritualized (and somewhat comical) mating dances that optimistic males display for onlooking females. However, while they are the most renowned booby birds and the most frequently seen, this is the smallest population of the booby family and, sadly, there numbers are decreasing.