Mission Galapagos (03:33)
The Galapagos Islands lie 1,000 km off the coast of South America and consist of thirteen main islands and smaller rocky outcrops. An international team of scientists has come to study the unexplored, diverse region.
Exploring Wolf Volcano (03:27)
The team the volcano on the largest but, most unexplored area, of the island chain. The pink iguana lives around the rim of the volcano. Gabriele Gentile outlines the plans to track and preserve the rare creature.
Searching for the Pink Iguana (04:42)
The team begins their searchalong the rim of Wolf Volcanod. Upon finding one of the iguanas, the team studies it and marks it with harmless paint for future identification.
Beneath the Galapagos Islands (07:56)
Marine biologist Dr. Pelayo Salinas de Leon will descend 1,000 km beneath the volcano to search for new species of marine life. Liz Bonnin joins the team as submersible pilot Mark Taylor guides them into the depths of the ocean. A thermal, 3D map of the ocean floor is created for navigational purposes.
Subterranean Exploration (06:51)
The flank of the volcano appears out of the darkness and the research team begins to collect species which could be new discoveries. In the ship's wet lab, the scientists analyze sixteen samples they collected using DNA tests.
Discovery of Sunken Islands (06:30)
The land-based team continues scanning and mapping the seafloor until scientist Karen Harpp theorizes that non-typical formations are essentially sunken islands. Many species likely floated to an island, but once there, hopped to other islands.
Future of the Giant Tortoise (02:56)
The team finds the nest of a giant tortoise with evidence of hatched eggs; female tortoises lay ten eggs on average. There are eleven species of giant tortoises which evolved because of varying environmental conditions.
Adaptable Marine Iguanas (09:34)
The answer to biodiversity lies beneath the ocean's surface—the magma hot spot and the tectonic plate. The marine iguana is unique to the Galapagos and is the world’s only seagoing lizard.
Credits: Cauldron of Life (00:55)
Credits: Cauldron of Life
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