The Galápagos Archipelago are a set of small and medium sized islands, which lie crossed by the equator line in the Eastern Pacific, about 600 miles from the coast of South America. It is renowned for being a natural laboratory of evolution, where visitors can observe amazing wildlife and their interactions from very close. North Seymour Island, just north of Baltra and its airport, is one of those places where much of the Galápagos biodiversity can be seen. This small, flat island is the home to a colony of magnificent frigatebirds, a native species of the islands. Frigates are known as the “pirates of the air” since they obtain part of their diet by stealing food from other birds; today, large numbers of them were engaged in the reproductive season with many chicks and juveniles all along the trail. We were amazed to find that the blue-footed booby chicks had already become fledglings, many of which having now abandoned their nests and were comfortably roosting on the cliff ledges by the sea. Along the boulder beach we encountered a few precious Galápagos sea lions, and a few babies were quite desperate when seeing their mum making their way to the sea for foraging.
After a delicious lunch and several talks about the islands, National Park rules and life on board, our ship started making its way towards Rábida Island, a small and tall island covered in arid vegetation.