Bleakness aside, this island is home to an incredible variety of bird life. It has its own endemic species of mockingbird, as well as the waved albatross. Almost the entire world's population of waved albatrosses breeds on this island.
We saw a number of abandoned waved albatross eggs. Our guide explained that the Galapagos was already feeling the effects of the 2014-2015 El Nino. A layer of warm water has already driven the colder water fish deeper and both the albatrosses and the sea lions are having more trouble finding food.
Their legs are not actually very strong. Once they learn to fly, they spend six years aloft until they become mature enough to mate. They have evolved so that half their brain sleeps at a time!
They remain with the same mate until one of the breeding pair dies.
The waved albatross is currently on the critically endangered list.
How long can the animals remain innocent and their environment pristine? I hope for a good long time.