Guide to the Galapagos Animals

I just returned from a trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands.  There is so much to share!  I captured it all in 1800+ photos.  I am starting with a couple posts of the endemic animals to the Galapagos Islands.  Seeing these beautiful species was the main reason for our visit.  Future post will outline the itinerary and trip planning advice.  I am happy to answer any questions. Enjoy!

Galapagos Tortoise

The largest living species of tortoise and the 14th-heaviest living reptile. Modern giant tortoises can weigh more than 500 lbs; even larger versions, now extinct, roamed every continent except Antarctica and Australia 1.8 million years ago. Today, they exist only on two remote archipelagos: the Galapagos and Aldabra in the Indian Ocean.

Galapagos Land Iguana

Charles Darwin described the Galapagos land iguana as "ugly animals, of a yellowish orange beneath, and of a brownish-red colour above: from their low facial angle they have a singularly stupid appearance." Being cold-blooded, they absorb heat from the sun by basking on volcanic rock, and at night sleep in burrows to conserve their body heat. These iguanas also enjoy a unique relationship with birds; the birds remove parasites and ticks, providing relief to the iguanas and food for the birds. Their unique color allows them to blend in with their surroundings. They ignored us a visitors and appeared to pose to photos.

Galapagos Sea Lion

This species of sea lion are exclusive to the Galapagos Islands.   Being fairly social, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the "welcoming party" of the islands. 

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