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Flightless cormorant
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Christopher Klassen

Flightless Cormorant Courtship & Nesting Habits as Attractive Factors

Unable to demonstrate flight, an odd set of wings flail wildly in the air, releasing golden droplets of water into the deep blue sky above the setting sun. One of the more amazing evolutionary views that visitors to the enchanted isles get to witness is the Flightless Cormorant, an indigenous species of the Galapagos Islands that only has two places in the world: Fernandina and the western coast of Isabela.

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The chick takes around fifty days to hatch
Christopher Klassen

Fabulous Frigatebirds and Their Offspring: A Close Family Relationship

Often observed soaring in the soft wind, observing the landscape beneath them, the enormous and magnificent frigatebirds of the Galapagos Islands are known for their passive dominance over the sky. Despite their enormous wings and jet-black hue, which sometimes give them a frightening appearance, these gentle giants are the most loving parents to their young.

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Christopher Klassen

Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos

There’s a good reason why the Galapagos Giant Tortoise is arguably the most well-known creature in the islands. These enormous reptiles may reach 550 pounds in weight and easily last 150 years in the wild. It is the biggest reptile in the world and the longest living vertebrate, yet it is also one of the rarest.

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Detailed view of an impressive frigatebird
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Christopher Klassen

Migration of the Great Frigatebird in the Galapagos

On North Seymour Island, while you wade among colonies of blue-footed boobies, beautiful frigatebirds, and swallow-tail gulls, keep an eye out for the Galapagos Great Frigatebird, which is distinguished by its vivid red breast and pointed black feathers. Some of the greatest natural marvels of the world may be found in the Galapagos Islands, but the giant frigatebird is undoubtedly at the top of the list.

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The islands of Darwin, Wolf, and Genovesa do not have lava lizards
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Christopher Klassen

The Galapagos Lava Lizards’ Tricks

Tiny Galapagos lava lizards are typically hard to see up close because they disappear so instantly. However, they may be distinguished by their moving leaves and tail flicks. However, lava lizards are fearless around people and will even sit for a picture, just like any other animal in this fascinating archipelago.

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Laws in Ecuador protect marine iguanas, as do all indigenous species in the Galapagos islands
Christopher Klassen

The Mystery of the Marine Iguanas of the Galapagos

The Galapagos marine iguanas were unintentionally overlooked by Charles Darwin during his visit to the islands, despite the fact that they were “hideous-looking…most disgusting, clumsy lizards.” Nonetheless, these microscopic aquatic dragons exhibit remarkable evolutionary traits and have remarkable environmental adaptations.

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Located north of the Equator, the Galapagos penguin is the only species of penguin found there
Christopher Klassen

Islands’ most fascinating species are the Galapagos penguins

If you want to visit Galapagos penguins, be sure to include islands like Fernandina and Isabela in your itinerary, as this is where most of them congregate! Remember that they still frequent, if somewhat less frequently and in much lower numbers, northern Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome, and Floreana.

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The Galapagos Islands are home to three different species of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies
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Christopher Klassen

A unique bird, the Galapagos Red-Footed Boobie

Galapagos Islands The red-footed booby is an unusual-looking bird, distinguished by its vivid blue beak and bright red feet. Even stranger is the fact that a bird with webbed feet makes its nests among bushes and trees. Strong fingers enable clinging to branches for birds such as eagles, sparrows, crows, and most other birds that spend a considerable amount of time in trees.

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Christopher Klassen

The Season of Sea Lion Pupping in the Galapagos Begins!

August is among us and in the Galapagos, the wildlife never stops. This is the case with the year-round sightings of Galapagos sea lions around the archipelago.Certainly one of the most picturesque creatures in the archipelago, this member of our Galapagos Big15 list of iconic species is also a clear favorite with residents and tourists alike.

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