6 Amazing Galapagos Animals
The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most incredible animals in the world, many of which can only be found in a few islands of the archipelago. There’s a reason why Darwin labeled them “The Enchanted Isles”; besides helping him draft his theories on “The Origin of Species,” Darwin was also fascinated by the enormous diversity and remarkable quirkiness of the local wildlife.
Many Galapagos animals might seem strange, even illogical; this is because they have evolved adaptations specific to the volcanic landscapes they inhabit and the relatively scarce amount of food availability on land. A visit to the Galapagos Islands is, if anything, a visit to one of the world’s most exotic and intriguing zoos. Prepare to encounter species unlike any you’ve ever seen before and continuously learn everything about all kinds of local animals throughout your stay (click here to learn more about the Galapagos Big15 animals!)
We’ve selected 6 amazingly quirky animals for the Galapagos to showcase the spectacular diversity of the islands. Take this opportunity to learn more about them – you’ll have a leg up during your trip!
During your stay in the islands, you will almost certainly encounter Blue-Footed Booby breeding grounds. These birds are particularly fearless, meaning you will be able to look at them from up close (and even incur their ireful yelps if you get too close to their nest.)
Galapagos Tortoises were historically used by pirate ships as large food sources, given that they can stay alive with no food or water for months at a time; this allowed pirates to store the tortoises in their ship’s cargo holds during long voyages at sea. This cruel treatment of the tortoises obviously no longer occurs as they are a protected species and highly valued by both the local population and visiting tourists.
You will most likely see them while getting on or off your boat as you move from island to island, swimming past the rocks on the shore in search for the algae that it eats for sustenance. These incredible reptiles are unique to the Galapagos Islands so pay close attention during your visit!
Quick-Fact: Did you know that Magnificent Frigatebirds are the bullies of the Galapagos Islands? These unique Galapagos animals feed almost exclusively from fish they stole from Blue-Footed Boobies mid-flight.
Unlike Blue-Footed Boobies or Albatrosses, this cormorant’s feathers aren’t waterproof, meaning that it spends a large chunk of its day drying itself off on the shore. This most peculiar of Galapagos animals only inhabits the islands of Fernandina and Isabela, so if your tour happens to travel through these islands, make sure to ask if you can visit this unique animals’ nesting grounds!
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