Galapagos Islands Animals

If you are considering to visit the Galapagos Islands because of their great biodiversity. We encourage you to do it!.In addition,  you will not only find interesting species, you will also find species that you will not see anywhere else in the world! So we are going to show you a list of 10 animals that are unique in the Galapagos Islands.
 
Come and see it with your own eyes!

1.- Galapagos Penguin

These small penguins reach about 19.6 inches. In addition,are commonly found on the rocky coasts of the western part of the Galapagos Islands. At Fernandina and Isabela Islands, and sometimes at Bartolome, Floreana or Santiago Islands. They feed on small fish, and when swimming they can reach up to 21.7 mph. Unfortunately, the Galapagos penguin is endangered.

2.-Giant turtle

Did you know that Galapagos is named after a Galapagos tortoise? This species of tortoise is a herbivore. Therefore,it is a main attraction for tourists, because it is the largest tortoise in the world, reaching up to 4.9 feet. In addition, the longest living vertebrate because Galapagos average age is 120 years. It has been reported that the oldest tortoise has lived more than 150 years. This species has been reported to be in danger of extinction. Which is why it is important to conserve its natural habitat.

3.- Green Sea Turtle

This turtle eats algae and jellyfish. It measures approximately 33 inches long. It is a subspecies of the green sea turtle, with the difference that this one lives in the Pacific Ocean. But it only lays its eggs in the Galapagos Islands.

4.- Sea lion

The sea lion measures between 3.2 feet, feeds on fish, octopus or mollusks. Is known as the most playful of Galapagos, they usually rest on the shores or dive to a depth of 131.2 feet approximately.  There is a population of more than 50,000 specimens in total.

5.- Galapagos Hawk

This beautiful hawk is a super carnivorous predator that measures between 22 inches and it nests throughout the year. So you can see it no matter the date you visit the Galapagos Islands. There are less than 1,000 individuals left, so it may become endangered.

6.- Frigate birds

This bird is iconic in the Galapagos Islands because the male frigate bird inflates its balloon pouch . This is a carnivorous species. It exists 2 types, which can be differentiated by their sound. Because the royal frigate bird sounds like a turkey and the common frigate bird makes a very peculiar vibration. They measure between 34.4 and 59 inches. The characteristics of the Galapagos frigatebird are mainly differentiated between male and female.

7.- Blue footed Booby

The blue footed booby is a carnivorous bird of the Pacific. Which has a binocular vision and a beak in which it has its nostrils in the corners making it an expert species in fishing. There are 6 species, and the males and females are very similar with the difference that females are larger. Their blue legs are iconic at the time of identifying them. They also have a peculiar way of walking on the ground, so they have also been called bobby. They can be found on North Seymour Island, but also on Española, Fernandina, Pinzon, Santa Cruz and Isabela islands.

8.- Galapagos Fur Seal

The Galapagos fur seal has a thicker skin than the Galapagos sea lions. This species feeds on lantern fish and octopus from the depths. They can dive up to 554.4 feet, and you can find them in Darwin, James or Santiago bays. This species is in danger of extinction.

9.- Galapagos Marine Iguana

This is the only reptile that can live in the sea. The Galapagos Marine Iguana diet is based on algae and marine plants. It lives an average of 12 years, and can last up to 45 minutes under the sea, the color of its body varies from black to gray.

10.- Darwin's Finch

There are 13 different species of Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos Islands. Named after Charles Darwin’s description in his book on the origin of species. They have an average size of 0.39 inches. Their color is dark green and black. They enjoy flying at high altitudes, and they are not a migratory species. This species is in danger of extinction.

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