Pacific seahorse (Hippocampus ingens) around the Galapagos Islands. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Peter Liu Photography) - The National Aquarium launched a Sustainable Seafood Program earlier this week. The program will enhance seafood...Show More Summary
The Galapagos Islands are as beautiful as they are unforgiving. Patrick Watkins could have told you as much when his captain rudely marooned him there in 1805 for acting like an ass. According to legend, mostly coming from Watkins himself, he managed to scrape by alone on the island, trading vegetables with passing ships for […]
Considering a tropical escape for a vacation this year? A cruise through the Galapagos Islands definitely fits the profile, with warm sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and sun-kissed tan lines. To add to the appeal, the Galapagos has some of the most unique indigenous wildlife which you won?t find anywhere else on the planet. Show More Summary
There are places you travel to because you?ve had friends tell you about them. There are places you travel to because you just want to. There are places you travel to because they?re on everyone?s bucket list. And finally, there are places that you travel to because they fit all of the above. Show More Summary
Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. Recently, we had the good fortune of cruising the Galapagos Islands for a week with Ecoventura luxury cruises. It was a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime (maybe) experience from which we’re still reeling. Show More Summary
(Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) The Juan Fernández Islands, an archipelago located 400 miles off Chile, has been compared to the Galápagos Islands for its beauty and incredible biodiversity. Though relatively unknown, this ecosystem is under threat from unsustainable fishing practices. Show More Summary
Work to remove a grounded cargo ship from a reef in the waters in the Galápagos Islands commenced Monday almost 2 weeks after the vessel ran aground, sparking fears of an environmental catastrophe in the fragile ecosystem. The post Efforts Underway to Refloat Grounded Cargo Ship in Galápagos Islands appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.
A new threat to the Galapagos Islands "could unleash a disaster": a cargo ship. At Galapagos officials' urging, Ecuador (which owns the islands) yesterday declared an environmental emergency there after a ship ran aground last Friday. The 19,000 gallons of cargo fuel the Galapaface 1 had been transporting have...
Serious problem, simple fix. Researchers on the Galapagos Islands have helped Darwin's finches protect their nests from a dangerous new parasite, reports Scientific American. The simple fix: Scientists left cotton balls laced with a mild pesticide for the birds to take, and the finches happily wove them into their nests....
The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands' own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain's native species. read more
SALT LAKE CITY, May 5, 2014 – When University of Utah biologists set out cotton balls treated with a mild pesticide, wild finches in the Galapagos Islands used the cotton to help build their nests, killing parasitic fly maggots to protect baby birds. Show More Summary
Researchers have found a way to protect threatened Darwin's finches on the Galápagos Islands from deadly parasitic nest flies in a manner that's as simple as it is ingenious: by offering the birds insecticide-treated cotton for incorporation into their nests. Show More Summary
An important two-day marine chronometer from HMS Beagle, the legendary Admiralty survey ship that took Charles Darwin on an epic five-year voyage to South America and the Galapagos Islands, has surfaced at Bonhams. It will be offered in the 9th July Fine Clocks sale at New Bond Street, London with an estimate of £30,000-50,000. Show More Summary
Has the perfect book ever found you at the absolutely perfect moment? That happened to me when I was in the Galapagos Islands last month with my children... Annie Dillard has been one of my very favorite writers for a long, long time. Show More Summary
A pair of married San Francisco filmmakers stumbled on an unexpected mystery at the Galapagos Islands—and it had nothing to do with Darwin, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller were visiting for a film project when they read about a German philosopher and his mistress...
In the early 1930s, a bunch of people yearning for isolation and self-sufficiency, and looking to flee the oncoming war in Europe, moved to the remote Galapagos Islands. The kind of people who want isolation are often those who cannot...Show More Summary
At 8:46 PM, on April 1st, the Nazca and South American tectonic plates ground against each other, 60 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile, 12.5 miles beneath the coastal waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The resulting 8.2 magnitude earthquake triggered a swift reaction all along the South American coast, a region accustomed to large quakes […]
Located 575 miles west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are known primarily as the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s ideas about natural selection, which were inspired by his observations of the local fauna (notably its many distinct species of finches). Show More Summary
The first 3D image constructed of the system below the Sierra Negra volcano — the largest and most active on the Galápagos Islands — could help scientists more accurately anticipate earthquakes and eruptions and, as a result, minimize...Show More Summary