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Galapagos, unique fauna on Fernandina Island

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

Havsspyan får nytt namn

Den invasiva arten som tidigare kallats havsspya har fått ett officiellt namn: filtsjöpung.

Arten upptäcktes nyligen i Sverige och befaras kunna ställa till med stora problem. Allmänheten uppmanas därför rapportera in nya fynd till Havs- och vatten myndigheten.

Text: TT Nyhetsbyrån

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.

Reportage: Simon Stanford