Punta Cormorant

Punta Cormorant

Floreana Island

Don't be deceived--this site was not named after its wildlife. There are no cormorants in Puta Cormorant. It isn't exactly known why the point is named so--some sources say HMS Cormorant sank here, others that the USS Cormorant visited the island in 1919. However, the name was given to the site long before any of these ships existed. It is to this day a mystery.

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Behind the beach is a large brackish lagoon which usually has a large number of flamingos and white cheeked pintails. If you are quiet, one of these may even get very close. You can see the flamingoes' mud-pie-like nests on the other side of the lagoon, and with binoculars you could find black-necked stilts, whimbrels, willets, ruddy turnstones and phalaropes.

A short walk over volcanic cinders, during which Galapagos flycatchers may be seen, leads to a sandy beach composed of coral ground so fine that it feels like flour. Pacific green turtles nest here from December to March, and can often be seen waiting to mate close to the shore. It is a good place to see sting rays in the sand, but swimming is not allowed.

The arid vegetation in the area is of a great variety and interest, due to the many endemic plants. These include three species or sub species – Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Polygala sancti-georgii. The most interesting flora in the area includes palo verde, acacia, palo santo, pearl berry and velvet shrub.