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Killer Whales spotted from Yacht La Pinta

Expedition Journal: our brief encounter with Killer Whales!

By | Animals

“I spy with my little eye…”

At noon, when we were wrapping up our equatorial line-crossing celebration, one of our guests screamed: whales! Immediately after, our Expedition Leader identified these playful giants as killer whales -one of the most beautiful species on the entire planet. He promptly spoke with our captain, Patricio Villacís, so we could change our route in order to get a closer look at this magnificent animals. We were invited to move on to Yacht La Pinta’s very own Darwin Balcony, which is located at the bow of the ship, as this place has enough space for guests and crew to witness this wonderful event in comfort.
Killer Whale spotted from Yacht La Pinta

Photo Credits: Marcelo Izquierdo

A moment to remember

As we approached the area where these 4 orcas were, our Naturalist Guide gave us some valuable information about this species. They also pointed out that they were eating sunfish – also known as mola mola. This may not seem interesting or extraordinary at all. Killer whales eat fish, right? Nevertheless, as they ate their meal, small water birds started gathering around. They were eating the “leftovers” that floated around! Nature at its finest!
Killer Whales spotted from Yacht La Pinta

Photo Credits: Marcelo Izquierdo

Interesting facts about Killer whales

Killer whales are cetaceans with very particular diets. There are pods that only feed on fish and others that hunt bigger marine creatures like sea lions, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, etc. They’re actually classified as apex predators because no animals prey on them. So, without this hazard, they can make the ocean their playground –and it truly is! Killer whale’s swimming skills are also very impressive! They can travel up to 30 mph and reach very deep waters. This whole experience seemed to be taken out of a postcard! The sea was calm, there was great visibility and no wind. We were with them for almost 20 minutes until they changed their course and got lost on the horizon. Our guests were so thankful for this magnificent experience, but we were just as humbled as them by the awesome display of beauty and wonder we saw.
punta suarez espanola island iguanas

Orcas and Dolphins in Galapagos (TURSIOPS vs. ORCINUS): A Galapagos WOW Moment – Survival Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

By | Animals, Galapagos

Wild Stories from the Middle of King Neptune’s Domain

punta suarez birdOn my recent trip aboard Yacht La Pinta in the Galapagos Islands (I think it’s my 847th by now), I had the pleasure of meeting a group of Aussies, a couple from South Africa, a fun group sponsored that had been sponsored by a US zoo, plus some other great explorers from various origins. We were also treated to the fact that, on this trip in particular, we got to explore the islands around the same time that Charles Darwin visited them back in 1835. Read More
Kayaking in the Galapagos

Kayaking in the Galapagos: First Time Kayaker? We Got You!

By | Galapagos
Kayaking in the Galapagos can be an amazing experience. You get to enjoy the beauties of the islands from a distance and at the same time have close encounters with marine life. Despite how magical the experience may sound, not everyone turns into a professional kayaker as soon as they hit the water. Like everything in life, it requires practice and a little dexterity. But fear not: we hereby present you with some very useful tips that will help you make the most of your first kayaking experience in the Galapagos. Read More
Bartolome Island, galapagos penguins in bartolome

A Day With Galapagos Penguins in the Island of Bartolome

By | Galapagos, Testimonials
20 to 24 February 2017 – Encountered Galapagos Penguins in Bartolome Our cruise aboard the Yacht La Pinta took us on a journey to the island of Bartolome. This island is famous for several reasons, one of which is the monumental tower of Earth that pokes out into the sky and is known as “The Pinnacle of Bartolome.” Leading up to this pinnacle is a relatively wide stretch of sandy beach. Opposite the pinnacle, and on the other side of the beach, is a volcanic cone that one can climb up to get some fantastic views of the island and the surrounding scenery. Read More
Guests during Darwin Day

La Pinta Darwin Day Celebration: Fun on Board for Guests and Crew

By | Galapagos, News
On February 12th, our guests and crew celebrated International Darwin Day aboard Yacht La Pinta. The date marks what would have been Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday. The La Pinta crew organized a day of events in honour of the legacy of the famed English biologist and his connection with the Galapagos archipelago. Darwin’s 1835 visit to the Galapagos would later come to change scientific inquiry and intellectual history forever. The La Pinta Darwin Day celebrations included costumes, lectures, and birthday cake! Read More
White Tip Shark

A Day with Galapagos Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Rays, Oh My!

By | Testimonials
During our trip aboard Yacht La Pinta we reached the island of Santa Fe, which is located in the central zone of the Galapagos archipelago (try to find the island on one of these Galapagos maps!). Its location is ideal for Galapagos sea lions. These animals have established reproductive colonies all over the archipelago, and take advantage of its rich waters and calm shores. Read More
Punta Vicente Roca

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

By | Galapagos, Testimonials

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. Read More