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Approaching Daphne Minor


Note: Although not a destination, per se, the passage from Bartolomé to North Seymour took us directly past Daphne Major and Minor. The latter is visible on the horizon. Beyond it are North Seymour and Baltra.
Island: Approaching Daphne Minor
Location: Aboard the Millenium
Year: 2006


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Magnificent frigate birds


Note: Frigate birds enjoyed the option of moving between islands by slope soaring on the windward side of passing vessels, instead of resorting to powered flight. Thus, the Millenium often travelled with an entourage.
Island: Approaching Daphne Minor
Location: Aboard the Millenium
Year: 2006


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Daphne Minor


Note: This heavily eroded palagonite cone has been home to Rosemary and Peter Grant for over twenty years, and the site of their groundbreaking studies of the evolutionary biology of Darwin's finches. Note that the islet would be uninhabitable but for continuous resupply of food and water, and that it is almost impossible to land a dinghy on it.
Island: Daphne Minor
Location: Aboard the Millenium
Year: 2006


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Daphne Major


Note: Somewhat larger than Daphne Minor, Daphne Major is less heavily eroded and its cone shape is still discernable (but note the landslide scar and comspicuous wave-cut at sea-level.)
Island: Daphne Major
Location: Aboard the Millenium
Year: 2006


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Daphne Major


Note: The south face of Daphne Major reveals it to be a true desert island.
Island: Daphne Major
Location: Aboard the Millenium
Year: 2006