Darwin Leader Taleya Ouellet shares her experience working in Rapa Nui. Find out about how you can become a Darwin Leader on our website! #environment #conservation #stewardship #plastic #pollution #globalsolutions #activism #oceanconservation #marinebiology #environmentalleadership

We are almost halfway through our two year global voyage, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.

Do you want to join the ship?

Find out how through the link in our bio.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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The Nazca Booby (Sula granti) was long thought to be a subspecies of the Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) until 2002 when a molecular study showed that these are in fact separate species. The Nazca Booby has a more orange bill than the masked booby and a more restricted range. You can see the Nazca Boobies fishing and breeding around the Galápagos Islands and coastal Ecuador.

This particular individual is a juvenile.

Populations of the Nazca Booby are relatively large, but decreasing and they are classified as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We have bid farewell to the enchanting Easter Island and are now heading towards the beautiful Mangareva in French Polynesia. Our journey continues aboard the majestic tall ship, Oosterschelde seen here sailing away from the iconic Moai Statues.

While on Easter Island, our Darwin Leaders made significant progress on their research projects, addressing vital environmental issues like microplastics, soil rehabilitation, and seabird conservation.

Stay tuned as we continue this incredible two-year voyage, following in Charles Darwin`s footsteps, exploring and conserving the wonders of our planet!

Photo credit: @joshclarkephotos

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🌅☀️🌄 The big debate….

Sunrise or sunset??

Which one is your favourite and why?

Let us know in the comments below. ⬇️

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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Species Spotlight: Argentinian Tegu 🌟

Meet the fascinating Argentinian Tegu, a remarkable reptile known for its intelligence and adaptability! We were lucky enough to see this species in Southern Argentina during our global voyage. Here are some interesting facts about this incredible species:

🦎 Scientific Name: Salvator merianae

🌍 Habitat: Found in South America, primarily in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

🧠 Intelligence: Tegus are known for their problem-solving skills and can even be trained to recognize their owners.

📏 Size: They can grow up to 4.5 feet long, making them one of the largest lizards in their habitat.

🌡️ Unique Trait: Unlike most reptiles, they can raise their body temperature during the breeding season.

Stay tuned for next week’s species spotlight feature.

📸 @joshclarkephotos

#SpeciesSpotlight #ArgentinianTegu #DARWIN200 #WildlifeConservation #Biodiversity

Discovering the Moai Statues of Easter Island! ✨🗿

We are captivated by the iconic Moai statues. These massive stone figures, carved by the Rapa Nui people between 1400-1650 AD, stand as a symbol of the island’s rich cultural heritage. Each statue can weigh up to 82 tons and reach up to 10 meters in height!

Stay tuned for more insights from this incredible location.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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Weekly Recap: Galapagos to Easter Island 🌴

This week, we arrived at Easter Island and have been reflecting on our adventures from the past week on the high seas! Here’s a glimpse into what it’s like sailing onboard @dutchtallship . Enjoy this quick recap of last week’s journey before we reached Easter Island.

🎣 We caught some big fish and enjoyed fresh meals straight from the ocean.

💨 Battled strong winds and navigated through large waves.

🌦️ All around, we faced intense weather, making it an unforgettable sailing leg.

Stay tuned as we continue our exploration on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)!

📸 @joshclarkephotos

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Yesterday, we had an incredible World`s Most Exciting Classroom online event, beaming out to schools around the world! Our latest adventure took us to the mystical Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with a live uplink from the island itself. Catch up on all the excitement via the link in our bio.

🔍 Question of the Week

This week, we’re asking: "How were the moai statues of Easter Island moved from the quarries to their positions today?"

📩 Send your answer to for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! Find out the answer and the lucky winner on next week’s Most Exciting Classroom online event.

#darwin200 #WMEC #RapaNui #EasterIsland #MoaiMystery #ClassroomAdventure

Join us for the next episode of the World`s Most Exciting Classroom tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, at 2pm UK time / 9am Eastern time!

📺 Tune in live or catch the recording later via the link in our bio.

Here`s what`s in store;

– The Oosterschelde has just arrived at Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
– Live uplink from the island to discuss the voyage from Galapagos and the week ahead on Rapa Nui
– A special lesson from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth (if time allows)
– This week`s new experiment and classroom/home challenge
– Join a Kahoot quiz and live Q&A session
– Can you guess this week`s Curiosity of the Week?

…and much more!

Don`t miss out on this exciting episode.

#DARWIN200 #WorldsMostExcitingClassroom #LiveLearning #RapaNui #Oosterschelde #NationalMarineAquarium #KahootQuiz #CuriosityOfTheWeek

We have arrived at the legendary Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island! 🌴

After an incredible voyage from the Galapagos, we are ready to explore this mystical island, famous for its stunning landscapes and iconic Moai statues. Soon we will be welcoming our next group of Darwin Leaders ready to begin their research projects.

Stay tuned for updates this week from Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

#DARWIN200 #EasterIsland #RapaNui #Oosterschelde #Exploration #AdventureAwaits #darwinleaders

We fell in love with these cheeky Galápagos Sea Lions. Check out this sea lion’s bubble ring tricks! 🦭Nature’s playful magic at its best.

📸 @tomdixonfilm

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Meet the Team! 🌟

Introducing Rolf Schreuder, our Science Coordinator for the Darwin Leader Project! Rolf plans, organises and oversees the Darwin Leader projects in ports, working closely with local conservation partners to drive positive environmental change.

With extensive experience in environmental science and a passion for conservation, Rolf’s work ensures the success of our projects and the preservation of vital ecosystems.

Learn more about Rolf’s role, his favourite part of the job and his background by watching this video!

Thank you, Rolf, for your exceptional work and dedication to DARWIN200 and our Darwin Leaders.

#Darwin200 #MeetTheTeam #ConservationHeroes #RolfSchreuder #EnvironmentalScience #oosterschelde

Join us for the next episode of the World`s Most Exciting Classroom tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th at 2 PM UK time / 9 AM Eastern time!

– Tune in live or catch up later via the link in our bio.

Here`s what`s in store:

– Sailing Update: The Oosterschelde has been enroute to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) after departing from the Galapagos.

– Live Uplink: Catch up with researcher Grant and camera operator Josh from the ship.

– Meet the Expert: Jut Wynne, a cave biologist, will join the ship at Rapa Nui. He`ll be exploring caves on Rapa Nui, Pitcairn, and Mangareva, with hopes of discovering new invertebrate species. Jut has explored caves worldwide, discovered new species, and even collaborated with NASA on planetary cave exploration projects!

– Special Lesson: If time permits, we`ll have an exciting lesson from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

– Experiment & Challenge: Check out this week`s new experiment and take on the challenge in your classroom or at home.

– Interactive Fun: Join a Kahoot quiz and live Q&A session!

– Curiosity of the Week: Can you guess this week`s curiosity?

…and much more!

#Darwin200 #WorldsMostExcitingClassroom #Conservation #Science #Education #Adventure #Galapagos #RapaNui #CaveBiology

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