See Evolution at Work on Española Island in the Galapagos

May 03, 2011
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Galapagos Islands cruises allow adventurers the opportunity to observe some of the most impressive and unique animal species on the planet. While the entire archipelago has been celebrated for its rich biodiversity, recent years have seen a select group of travelers choosing to explore the southernmost landmass, Española Island, to bear witness to the location's final stages of evolution.

The beautiful island, which many also refer to as Hood Island, is possibly the oldest isle in the chain, with an age estimated to be between 3 and 4 million years. Unfortunately, the island is slowly dying, with native plant life slowly disappearing and animal life, much of which is migratory, moving on to greener pastures.

Wildlife enthusiasts still have much to see on this volcanic island, as the large sandy shores have become a popular destination for Galapagos sea lions, which can regularly be seen sunning themselves on the beaches of Punta Suarez and other island locales.

Española Island is also a popular destination for birders, as the entire world population of endemic waved albatross (also known as the Galapagos albatross) returns each year from April to December to this island to breed. The rare species may be smaller than some of its cousins from the Northern Pacific, yet its distinctive cream-colored beak and brown markings make it a popular attraction for nature travelers in the Galapagos.


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