North Seymour is a small island off the coast of Baltra in the Galapagos. North Seymour was not formed as the result of a volcanic eruption, but by a seismic uplift of the sea bed, and is only 90ft above sea level at its highest point. It was originally named after an English aristocrat.
The whole island is renowned as teeming with life, with many iconic Galapagos species resident here including the largest nesting colony of Blue-Footed Boobies. The 1 mile long visitor trail across the island is one of the most popular for wildlife lovers and photographers to take. Other prominent species include land iguanas, marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, frigatebirds and pelicans - to name just a few!
Fast Facts about North Seymour Island
- Land iguanas aren't native to North Seymour, they were introduced as part of a preservation program
- North Seymour has an area of only 0.7sq miles
- Marine iguanas on North Seymour have been seen eating land plants - highly unusual behaviour
- There are no rats on North Seymour, but there is a risk they might cross the channel from Baltra