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Whales in the Galapagos. Photo credit: Francisco "Pancho" Dousdebés, Galapagos Expert

Beautiful Giants – Whales in the Galapagos

By | Animals

When Cetaceans Return to the Galapagos – Whales & Dolphins Back at Tropical Latitudes

Every journey to the archipelago comes packed with numerous and spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. The Galapagos truly is a magical place, thanks in large part to the diverse wildlife that’s around each corner, all throughout the year! And if it’s the bigger animals that you are interested in, then read on, hop in one of the best archipelago’s expedition vessels, and get ready to be seriously impressed by some amazing whales in the Galapagos!

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Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds and Their Chicks: It’s All in the Family

By | Animals, Galapagos

Huge and majestic, frigatebirds in the Galapagos are often seen passively dominating the skies, hovering in the gentle carriage of a strong breeze as they survey the world below them. Their huge wings and jet-black colour often make them seem rather ominous, but these gentle giants are actually the most endearing of parents when it comes to their chicks. Given their frequency to being in the air so often, getting a chance to see these giant birds down on the ground with their tiny chicks is actually a pretty special sight to behold in the Galapagos. Read More

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Forces of Attraction: Flightless Cormorant Courtship & Nesting Behavior

By | Animals, Galapagos

A peculiar pair of wings flap frantically into the air without giving any signs of flight, shedding golden drops of water up into the deep blue sky that covers a setting sun. The Flightless Cormorant – an endemic species of the Galapagos whose only homes in the entire world are Fernandina and the western coast of Isabela – is one of the more remarkable evolutionary sights that visitors get to behold when they visit the enchanted isles. Their vestigial wings are but a visual echo of what once served a more airborne purpose and their progeny are but a continuation of that same echo. In order to perpetuate their unique species, the flightless cormorant undergoes a rather intricate series of steps and rituals that add to its captivating mystique.
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Dry season in the Galapagos. Photo credit: Doug Greenberg

The Beauty of the Dry Season in the Galapagos Islands

By | News

The Galapagos has two seasons that are easily distinguished, the hot season and the dry season. Both of these display differences in how the landscape is affected. The hot season looks lush and green while the dry season in the Galapagos presents an overwhelming palate of cindery brown that’s caused by the lack of rain. Something else to keep in mind is that the hot season brings in warmer currents, while the dry season is known for its colder but more-than-tolerable temperatures. The beauty of the Galapagos is that no matter the season, the amazing wildlife (see Galapagos Big15) and beautiful scenery is on display all year long. June marks the beginning of the dry season that lasts all the way up to the month of December. Up ahead are a few facts about the dry season that’s beginning during this time of year, so read on and get informed on what to expect during your Galapagos adventure aboard the amazing Yacht La Pinta.

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How Did the Extinction of the La Pinta Island Tortoise Happen?

By | Animals, Galapagos

Necessity is often regarded as the mother of invention, but every now and then it also unfortunately becomes the mother of unabashed destruction. Such is the case with the La Pinta Island tortoise. With only a small vestige of their presence that is the taxidermized remnant of their species, the extinction of the La Pinta Island tortoise is perhaps a permanent blemish on the face of the archipelago that continues to live with us today. Nevertheless, the scars we carry are almost always there to help us learn from the past in some way. In this blog we take a look at this species and the history behind its extinction. Read More

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The Evolutionary Mystery of the Flightless Cormorant in Galapagos

By | Animals, Galapagos

We’ve all dreamt of being able to fly. It’s an longing that probably originated the moment we looked up and marvelled at the birds as they soared across the great blue sky, wondering what it must be like to admire the world from high above. Human imagination and science have both given us the ability to do such a thing, and these have fortunately never been taken it away from us. But what if evolution took that away from the very birds that inspired us to fly? For them, would the fall from grace be as blunt and backwards as it sounds? In the Galapagos, we can visually experience such a case in nature. It seems that only a select group of cormorants in the entire world have been picked for such a peculiar adaptation, and these are the flightless cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi) of the Galapagos. In this blog, we briefly sift through the different theories that have been presented to try decipher the mystery behind these cormorants and their long-forgotten ability to fly.
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Sea Turtle Facts for Your Galapagos Trip

By | Galapagos

Often times, sea turtle facts won’t mention that they’re involuntarily sneaky creatures. Sea turtles often move so slowly and gracefully that you’ll often be shocked to find them swimming right beside you. They also sometimes blend in with the rocks and sand so well that you might even mistake them for being a part of the reef. Pixar actually nailed it in Finding Nemo when they represented sea turtles as being the “surfer dudes” of the underwater community – their slow-motion flippers emanating a sense of tranquillity and chillness that’s completely in tune with the flow of the ocean around them. Read More

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An Unrelenting Bloodsucker: The Vampire Finch of the Galapagos

By | Animals, Galapagos

Isolated and enigmatic, the enchanted isles seem like the perfect bubble of mischief for unusual things to evolve, stir and flutter about. Enter the Vampire Finch, a character in the Galapagos’ never ending book of evolution that’s both equal parts incredible and disturbing. As the name implies, it’s a parasitic bird that evolved to acquire its food in a really peculiar way. Read More

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You Saw Red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos? Now You Are in the Archipelago

By | Animals, Galapagos

A Must-see Rarity: Red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos

Red-footed boobies in the Galapagos: you have not really been here if you haven’t seen them. These seabirds, related to their also famous blue-footed cousins, are something to behold. Not only because of specific characteristics that make them truly fit to thrive in the archipelago, but also because they are only seen at two spots that are visited through our Northern Itinerary and Eastern Itinerary. If you want the true Galapagos experience, make sure you see some of the rarest species of the islands. Get more acquainted with these amazing birds and be one of the few people in the world who gets to observe them in their natural habitat.

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A Galapagos penguin flapping its wings

Galapagos Penguins: The Archipelago’s Snazziest Species

By | Animals

Galapagos Penguins, a Rare Species

It seems like an image straight out of a dream or a Dr. Seuss book – penguins in the tropics. You’d almost expect them to be wearing sunglasses and sunbathing under a beach umbrella with a cocktail in flipper. Despite how farfetched it might all seem, Galapagos penguins might be the closest you’ll ever get to such a sight. It will also be one of Galapagos Big15 you will be checking off of your list!

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