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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Galapagos Penguins: The Archipelago’s Snazziest Species

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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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Punta Vicente Roca: Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and More!

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13th to 20th January 2017

Our visit to Isabela Island begins early in the morning. We are aboard Yacht la Pinta. Traveling from Seymour Island to Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island), took us almost 10 hours of navigation. This visitor site is known for hosting colonies of Galapagos fur seals, the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas.

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Hundreds of Giant Tortoises Released Back into the Wild

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The 334 giant tortoises released in Galapagos last month had been raised in Ministry of the Environment-sponsored breeding centers on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. Many Galapagos giant tortoise populations are endangered as a result of human exploitation and changes to the reptiles’ natural habitats. Conservationist efforts to the recover the endangered species include raising tortoises in breeding centers with the eventual goal of releasing them into the wild. The project reached a goal last month when adult tortoises were released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island and the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela Island.
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