Our last day in the Galapagos brings us to North Seymour Island

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It’s our last full day on the MV Evolution, and the hour-to-hour activities arranged by International Expeditions don’t stop. During the night our captain has once again crossed the equator as we sleep, bringing us to tiny North Seymour Island, an “uplifted” island, simply pushed up from the ocean`s floor due to lava eruptions.

This is a good island for hiking to see one of the largest Magnificent frigate bird colonies, the Magnificents being known for the purple band of feathers they have. Yes, their true name is Magnificent, and that they are.

Creative cuisine on the M/V Evolution

Also, the swallowtail gulls here will allow you to get so close to them that you can snap your own reflection, with your camera, in the eye of the gull.

Lots of land iguanas lie in the sun looking like the prehistoric creatures they are.

Our final lunch on board is called a special one, and it produces an even more lavish display than those of the previous six days, highlighted as it is by a perfectly roasted whole suckling pig accompanied by side dishes from the various home provinces of the crew, including a rich fish soup and a corn and cheese dish with a not-too-hot sauce enhancing it, and, as ever, special dishes for those vegetarians among us.

The impressive Galapagos hawk

We take a silent afternoon panga ride into Black Turtle Cove where, among the mango trees, we discover, in addition to the turtles, black-tipped sharks, golden rays, and pelicans diving and fighting for fish a few feet from our cameras.

The sense of humor shown by both of our guides was put into play with a surprise visit of pirates and buccaneers on  one night, and on the final night there was an original Galapagos quiz and charades session with all 26 guests divided into teams.

The highlight of this activity was watching Carol Decker, the Massachusetts Audubon trip leader, trying to pantomime the expression “klepto-parasitology,” which describes the way the frigate bird gets her meals: by stealing the fish of other birds in flight around her. Needless to say, her team couldn’t decipher her attempts to be a frigate bird.  To my surprise, my team (“Team Booby”) won the competition!

April 8, 2011

Photos by Timothy Leland








1 thought on “Our last day in the Galapagos brings us to North Seymour Island”

  1. Timing is everything…..when I visited the Galapagos Islands last September it was a privilege to come close to and mingle with the animal and marine life that one can experience only there. But, I would point out to any adventurer planning to go there, go during the time that it is summer below the Equator. I found the Pacific Ocean anything but. Moving on our 70 foot yacht from island to island was uncomfortable, and I spent those journeys in my bunk. Going ashore in a rubberized, outboard powered donut was more excitement than I bargained for, and indeed on some of those landing I experienced fear for my safety.
    Go to the Galapagos….it is a wonderful destination!
    But try to plan your trip at a time that the sea is calm.


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