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Galapagos Archipelago, Espanola Island


Española (Hood): Its name was given in honor of Spain. It is also known as Hood after an English nobleman.

Española is the oldest island of the archipelago and the most far to the south. Because of its great variety of sea birds it is very popular with birdwatchers. 

Galapagos Islands, sea lion

Espanola Island has an area of 60 km² and a maximum altitude of 206 meters. It appears to represent roughly the northern two thirds of a once larger volcano.

The southern coast of the island is a vertical cliff 100 m or more high. This appears to be a fault scarp; the southern half of the volcano has been faulted into the sea.

The remote location relative to the other islands has resulted in a high degree of species differentiation, such as the albatross and also hoasts sparrow hawks, marine turtles, masqued boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, finches, Galapagos doves, giant turtles, tropic birds and blue footed boobies.

The Espanola Island usually has a moderate current which makes for relatively easy diving. This is a nice dive site with much to see.

If you are lucky you can encounter large schools of eagle rays, manta rays, Jacks, Galapagos shark, white tip reef sharks lying on the sandy area, mackerels and sea lions.

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