September 2015

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Humpback season

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Humpback’s mating season brings females to calf in tropical waters.

Of Peruvian Current (cold Antarctic waters, formerly called Humboldt Current), Humpbacks again arrived to equatorial waters.

Their annual mating season continues as hundreds of pregnant cows arrive in tropical regions to give birth to their calves. After months of feasting on krill and plankton, a long fasting period begins, with impressive north-bound migrations for calving.

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Manta ray

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Manta ray (Manta hamiltoni) one of the many impressive marine encounters you will have in Galápagos. Specimens of this cartilaginous fish have reached “wingspans” of more than 7 metres across. These gentle giants are filter feeders, gulping large amounts of water into their mouths with the help of special appendixes on both sides of their heads. These extensions, known as cephalic lobes also give them their alternate name “Devil Ray”.

Mantas have been given a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta. Some people just call all members of the family stingrays, though stingrays comprise a separate family of rays (Dasyatidae). Recent studies have discovered that what is called manta ray are at least two different species, one smaller local and one much larger and migratory.

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Galapagos Ichthyofauna – best galapagos fishes, best wishes

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Galapagos fishes are not well known…

Potential travelers to the Galapagos Islands are incredibly exposed to all kinds of media influences when it comes to island wildlife: magazines, natural history shows, museums, tv documentaries, social media, etc.  This is really good because it visually puts the experience right in the hands and mind of the consumer (the explorer to be). However, when guests explore the islands, most are actually surprised of how much of the underwater world is never mentioned during the promotional/selling process of this destination.  Thus, if you are motivated enough to travel to the Galapagos Islands, please know that the marine world will be as stunning as the terrestrial world of this unique tropical archipelago.

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Galapagos volcanos – not your usual volcanos

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Galapagos volcanos: Volcanic activity explains the origin of the Islands

galapagos volcanosIn recent years, our planet has gone through incredible volcanic eruptions. Some major, some minor. They all reflect the basic instincts of our home. Planet Earth is a great dynamic planet, changing constantly, violently, quietly, while we hardly notice these changes.  Perhaps Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), the father of Geology, had more courage to talk about changes in this apparently uniformitarian world.  His masterpiece Principles of Geology is living proof that the concept of physical change is rather new to humankind. The Galapagos Islands are no exception in this ever-changing world.  Past and present volcanic activity continues to change its shapes and forms.

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