Galapagos

Each year, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions select a group of highly respected educators from the United States and Canada as Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of their commitment to geographic education. As the 12th group of National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows prepare to embark on their expeditions, 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Emilia Odifereflects on...

A loud bang as the generator came on, the splashing of the waves against the side of the small blue-and-white fishing boat, and our expedition began. A team of 15 set sail due north on the night of the 20thof February, 2018. We had embarked upon a coastal clean-up trip for a week to Genovesa,...

I’ve had the life-altering experience of living in Galapagos for two months while volunteering on the communications team at the Charles Darwin Foundation. But rather than detailing the ins and outs of my daily tasks, I thought I would share some of the loco, mindboggling facts I have learnt about this enigmatic archipelago (and the planet) while living here....

In a study published today in the journal PeerJ, scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the National Geographic Society revealed that the northern Galápagos islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare). Worldwide, overfishing has reduced the biomass of most sharks and other...

The government of Ecuador today announced the creation of a more than 15,000-square-mile (40,000-square-kilometer) marine sanctuary around two of the northern Galápagos islands, Darwin and Wolf. In addition, several smaller no-take areas have been created throughout the volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. This move fully protects roughly one-third...