Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

Jan 09, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

As we finish our day, everyone feels so excited and amazed by the astonishing amount of wildlife encounters that we have experienced today. Our day started with exploring the uplifted coast of Urbina Bay, where a mixture of unique plants and animals gave us unbeatable opportunities to take wonderful photos. First, we saw several sea turtle nests, and immediately after, we spotted a young giant tortoise crossing by the trail. A few minutes after, we spotted our first of many land iguanas. Along the trail we met a couple more tortoises, including an old and impressively big male giant tortoise. We also witnessed a Galapagos mockingbird attacking a Galapagos hawk for a few minutes, maybe defending a nest or territory. After the walk, people had some time to cool down on a nice beach.

Back onboard, we had lunch and enjoyed a presentation about iPhone photography. In the afternoon, we snorkeled in Tagus Cove. The water visibility was wonderful, and we spotted several sea turtles, flightless cormorant fishing and penguins playing acrobatics in the water. We even spotted a Galapagos bullhead shark, a rare and fascinating species of shark which can only be found on few areas around the Galapagos Marine Reserve. To end up our day, some of our guests took a hike to enjoy an incredible view of the several of Isabela’s volcanoes, while others took the Zodiac ride option where we saw blue footed boobies, pelicans, flightless cormorants, penguins and cute sea lion pups.  The colors during the sunset were impressive, just like our whole day.

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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