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  • January 30, 2015

    Galapagos Cargo Ships: Recent Ship Groundings  »

    On the 28th of January 2015 the cargo ship  Floreana ran aground just off Baquerizo Moreno. En-route from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora, the ship was carrying 1,400 tons of cargo consisting of mostly food and gas cylinders. Holding 50 tons of fuel, authorities have set up oil booms as a precaution whilst authorities attempt to remove the fuel as read more

    Grounded Ship Banner (©Heidi Snell)
  • November 24, 2014

    Discover the unique Scalesia forests of the Galapagos  »

    Scalesia is a genus of 15 species of shrubs and trees endemic to Galapagos. Some of these species are widely distributed whereas others are only found on specific Islands. Scalesia are mostly shrubs which grow within the arid and transition zones. However there are three tree species which form dense forests in the humid highlands. read more

  • October 12, 2014

    Patrick Watkins: The first man to call Galapagos home  »

    Not much is known about Patrick Watkins, save for the fact that he was marooned on the island of Floreana in 1807. For two years he lived feral, growing vegetables on a two-acre plot of land in a small valley. He became known for trading his vegetables for rum from passing ships and according to read more

    Galapagos People: Captain Porter
  • October 6, 2014

    Thor Heyerdahl’s 100th Birthday  »

    Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) was a Norwegian explorer, author and adventurer. While living in the Marquesas Archipelago, he came up with the controversial idea that Polynesia could have been populated from South America rather than Asia. He then spent most of his life gaining evidence for this theory. Heyerdahl became most notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition read more

    Galapagos People: Thor Heyerdahl
  • September 15, 2014

    Voyage of the HMS Beagle  »

    On this day (15 September) in 1835, HMS Beagle arrived at the Galapagos Islands, nearly four years after setting sail from Plymouth, England. This was the Beagles second voyage and was captained by Robert FitzRoy. Realising the need for a geology expert on board the ship, FitzRoy appointed Charles Darwin to accompany him on his read more

    Galapagos People: HMS Beagle