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Fernandina island

S 016.041', W 9126.928'
2014-04-17
http://www.galapagospark.org/sitio.php?page=punta_espinoza
Our rating: 8.20
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Fernandina is the youngest of the Galapagos Islands, it was formed about 700,000 years ago, while the rest of the islands are more than 4-5 million years old. Volcano on the island erupts regularly, last times in 2005 and in 2009.

The island is quite large, but has only one landing point - the peninsula of Punta Espinoza. Perhaps this is the best place in the Galapagos.

Who lives here:
 - marine iguanas, thousands
 - seals, saw a lot, very friendly
 - sea lions, saw a lot, including one very large
 - galapagos flightless cormorant, saw one
 - galapagos hawks, saw one
 - galapagos penguins, not seen
 - galapagos snake, not seen

Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Before here was a pier for boats, but after the uprising in 1975 it was almost destroyed. Currently landing on a pier is possible during high tide.

Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Tourists come here to see the city of marine iguanas. This is the best place to observe them. Occasionally they go to swim in the water, but most of the time basking in the sun. Nearby there is a large fenced sandy field where iguanas lay their eggs.

Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island
Marine iguanas on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

But besides iguanas we found one more interesting spot. The island has a small bays, lakes, home to sea lions. You can spend hours watch their games.

Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Seals on the Fernandina island
Seals on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Seal on the Fernandina island
Seal on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Nastya takes videos of sea lions on the GoPro

Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak


Fernandina island
Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

And lost her hat :)

Seal on the Fernandina island
Seal on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

We also saw a large sea lion. His scale is not visible on the picture, but he is really huge. Unlike other animals you cannot come close to him.

Large sea lion on the Fernandina island
Large sea lion on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Found the skeleton of a whale

Whale skeleton on the Fernandina island
Whale skeleton on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Fernandina is also the only place where we saw lava cactus (Brachycerus nesioticus).

 Lava cactus on the Fernandina island
Lava cactus on the Fernandina island Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: It is one of the farthest points on the islands, you can visit it only as part of a cruise.

Tags, Ecuador: animals, ecological trail, galapagos, island

Tags, all countries: animals, ecological trail, galapagos, island
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