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The Galapagos Islands and surrounding waters form the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve. Has vast number of endemic species that were studied by Charles Darwin.. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.
The islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 973 km (605 mi) off the west coast of South America. The closest land mass is that of mainland Ecuador, the country to which they belong.
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Photo 1. Blue footed Booby. Blue footed Booby is a marine bird.It has distinctive bright blue feet,which is a sexually selected trait.They have a wingspan of 1.5 meters. Half of all breeding pairs nest on the Galapagos.The female is slightly larger than the female.
Photo 2. Magnificent Frigate. Is the largest species of frigatebird. Its a large,lightly built bird with brownish-black plumage.The male has a striking red gular sac which it uses to attract a mate. The massive wingspan enables the magnificent frigatebird to soar effortlessly, and make graceful aerial manoeuvres, which so captivated Charles Darwin that he dubbed this species “the condor of the ocean”
Photo 3. Flightless Cormorant. The flightless Cormorant is a native to the acrhipelago. Unique,because it is the only Cormorant that has lost the ability to fly. The Flightless Cormorant is an uncommon, localized resident of Galapagos found on Fernandina Island and Isabela Island only. Population is estimated at 700 - 800 pairs in 100 small colonies.. Nests on sheltered rocky shores, building bulky nests predominantly of seaweed just above the high-water mark.
Photo 4. Galapagos Brown Pelican. The Brown Pelican is a common resident of the Galapagos Islands.the population is estimated at a few thousand pairs.They nest in small colonies in low bushes and mangroves.The smallest of the eight species of Pelican.
Photo 5. Marine Iguana,Galapagos Islands. Is a marine reptile that is only found in the Galapagos Islands.It can dive to a depth of 9 meters. Charles Darwin described them as hideous looking and most disgusting,clumsy lizards.
Photo 6. Galapagos tortoise. The Galapagos or Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise.Giant tortoises are the longest lived of all vertebrates,averaging over 100 years.some specimens exceed 5ft (1.5 meters) in length and weigh 550 pounds or (250 kilograms)
Photo 7. Blue footed Booby. Blue footed Booby is a marine bird.It has distinctive bright blue feet,which is a sexually selected trait.They have a wingspan of 1.5 meters. Half of all breeding pairs nest on the Galapagos.The female is slightly larger than the female.
Photo 8. Galapagos Sea Lion. Galapagos Sea Lion is the most numerous species on the archipelago.they range in size from 150 to 250 cm(5 to 8 ft) and weigh between 50 and 250 kg.They spend a lot of time in the ocean but while on land prefer sandy beaches and flat rocy areas.
Photo 9. Marine Iguana. Is a marine reptile that is only found in the Galapagos Islands.It can dive to a depth of 9 metres. Scientists figure that land-dwelling iguanas from South America must have drifted out to sea millions of years ago on logs or other debris, eventually landing on the Galapagos. From that species emerged marine iguanas, which spread to nearly all the islands of the archipelago. Each island hosts marine iguanas of unique size, shape and color.
Photo 10. Galapagos Penguin. Galapagos Penguin is endemic to the acrhipelago. Is the only penguin to live north of the equator in the wild.Survives due to the cool water of the Humboldt current. They are the smallest of the Spheniscus penguins. Distinguished by their relatively large bill and narrow white line around the face. They breed mainly in caves or crevices of old lava flows and in burrows. The main prey items taken by Galapagos Penguin are small fish like mullet and sardines. Stacks Image 339
Photo 11. Baltra Island. South Seymour island or Baltra Island with criuse boats moored in the bay.during World War II,US Air Force established a base here.
Photo 12. Baltra Island in The Galapagos. Baltra Island or Isla Baltra and also known as South Seymour Island is a small flat island located near the center of the archipelago.
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