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The Wildlife in The Galapagos Islands

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For this section of the blog we thought that rather than describing our daily activities it might be more interesting if we just did a pictorial of the wildlife and limited our narrative to the picture descriptions. We hope you find it interesting.

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What do you call a group of lizards? A lounge of lizards! So here we have a lounge of marine Iguanas sunning on a rock - these creatures seek out sunny spots where they can get warm as they are cold blooded reptiles. You have to watch where you walk as they have no fear and are not easy to see as they blend in with the surrounding rocks and sand

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Another marine Iguana

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So ugly he is cute

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Mother and baby sea lion. The young sea lions stay with their mothers for a long time and are not completely independent and on their own till about 24 months old. Again they are very tame and we were no more than 10 feet away when this shot was taken

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Sally Lightfoot crab moulting his shell. These crabs are as common as flies on the rocky shores

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The sea lions go to great lengths to find the most comfortable rock and then much like your cat they mould themselves to the space and you can walk within 5 or 6 feet of them and they will not even acknowledge your presence

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More fur sea lions

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The omnipresent Blue Footed Boobie. They are everywhere all the time and like all of the Galapagos creatures they have no fear of humans. Their name is a derivation of a name given to them by the early Spanish sailors who thought them to be stupid because of their lack of fear of humans

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Yes they do have blue feet

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Some feet are bluer than others

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Blue Footed Boobies in a mass feeding - they dive into the water head first at great speed as a large group. It is an amazing sight and we were lucky to see one such feeding

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Another shot of the amazing feeding frenzy taken from our boat which was only about 20 meters away

Our first attempt to put a video on the blog - Boobies diving for fish

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Blue Footed Boobie taking off

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Sea Lion playing in the surf no more than 10-15 meters from our boat

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Pelican watching us as we motor by in our Zodiac at very close range

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The Pelicans are everywhere

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Pelican drying himself off in the sun after spending time diving for fish

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Galapagos Penguins, the second smallest Penguins in the world

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As you can see the penguins have no hesitation at swimming close to our Zodiac

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The Penguins are the most at home when swimming underwater where they are very fast underwater but friendly too

Posted by DavidandHazel 17:14 Archived in Ecuador

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love it....my shutter finger is so itchy :))))

by joanne corkum

Lovely wild life pics . I enjoyed the dive bombing video if the boobies- amazing speed!

by Beth

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