The Galápagos of the Southern Ocean – Part II: Enderby Island

By Matthew Wood 06/04/2014

Greetings, Scibloggers! Before I begin I should explain my very long hiatus in posting to Sciblogs.

In early 2010 I started Journeys to the Ice, an audio podcast and blog on Antarctic science usually featuring recent research from the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. Late that year I travelled to the sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia and in early 2011 I started a vidcast series based on that trip. Shortly after completing part 1 however, I found myself back in the world of field-based exploration geology, initially on the West Coast, then hunting rare earths in Mozambique during 2012 followed by adventures in Ghana last year.

Now that I’m back in Wellington it seems high time that I continue with the sub-Antarctic mini documentaries. Overhauling my editing suite to Final Cut Pro X has taken time, but ultimately has led to faster, more reliable editing in my opinion. The 10.0 release of that program was widely denounced by professionals, but has since had major updates returning many missing features.

It’s exciting to be returning to the world of science media. Keep an eye out for more episodes of The Galápagos of the Southern Ocean in the coming months.


Our first port of call is Enderby Island at the northern end of the Auckland Islands group. 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the eradication of introduced land mammals on the island. The subsequent return of many endangered species (several of which are endemic to the island group) has been hailed as a conservation success story. Megaherbs flourish on the island once more. Some of the more conspicuous denizens of Enderby that we encounter are the Yellow-eyed Penguin and the New Zealand Sea Lion.

New Zealand Sea Lion

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Photo (c) 2010 Matthew Wood