North Seymour Island

North Seymour Island Island

Named after the English Nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour, North Seymour was formed by a series of uplifts of submarine lava along with Baltra (also called South Seymour) and the northeastern part of Santa Cruz, resulting in flat plateaus. The island is most known for its iguana population which, oddly enough, are not native to North Seymour. In the early 1930s, members of the Hancock Expeditions moved approximately 70 land iguanas from Baltra Island to North Seymour in order to provide better conditions for their survival, as Batra was becoming more inhabited and with these new arrivals came the introduction of goats who destroyed the iguana’s habitat. Today North Seymour is now home to nearly 2,500 land iguanas, according to a 2014 census by the Galapagos National Park (GNP). This island also hosts large populations of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, common noddies, and frigatebirds.

North Seymour Island Island

The island feature two main visitor’s sites including a trail that offers both a short loop or alternative longer loop. Each of the paths provides a great opportunity to get up close to the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in Galapagos, blue-footed boobies, and land iguanas, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas along the coast. The second of the two sites, at 120 meters by 600 meters, is Mosquera. This small, flat, sandy islet sits in the channel between Baltra and North Seymour and is almost devoid of vegetation. It has one of the largest populations of sea lions and its sandy expanses make for a wonderful stage on which to observe the sea lions antics. It is also a great place to see lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally lightfoot crabs.

There are three dive sites around North Seymour, along the line from the northeast corner of Baltra to Mosquera, from Mosquera north to the southeast corner of North Seymour, and in the northeast zone of North Seymour. Each of the sites is rich with playful sea lion, large schools of fishes, sharks, rays, and sea turtles.


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