After an eventful first week in the Galapagos (link to the first article), we are now heading west. We will investigate the waters around Fernandina island in the western part of the archipelago. Here the water is significantly colder and the fauna is different. The cold, nutrient-rich ocean current comes all the way from the South Pole. It creates a completely unique underwater environment. Corals and sharks but unusually, also penguins and kelp.Text: Johan Candert
Galapagos, 25 Years of Marine Protection
Legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle first visited the Galapagos Islands in 1966 and described it as, ”the sharkiest fishiest place I’ve ever been.”
In July 2022 we return to this special place on a research boat chartered by Dr. Earle’s Mission Blue foundation. The expedition is tasked with checking key environmental health indicators on the 25th anniversary of the Galapagos being declared a marine protected area.