After a week filming on board the research ship Argo in the Galapagos Islands I finally had my first opportunity to go ashore. I accompanied marine biologist, Doctor Susana Cardenas and Park ranger Alberto Proaño on a trip to Fernandina Island. They were there to tag and to take samples from 2 endemic bird species, the Galapagos flightless cormorant and the Galapagos penguin. Knowing that I would do a follow up visit to document their work I had the luxury of spending time exploring and filming some of the other unique animals found on the island. The beach and larva rocks were covered with Galapagos marine iguanas, the beach was host to turtles, sea lions and Galapagos fur seals and the air was filled with the cries of blue footed boobies.
This place truly made me feel that committed conservation on the scale of the 200 000 square kilometre Galapagos marine reserve is key to the restoration of our severely threatened oceans.Text: Simon Stanford