Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more!

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The Marine Iguana

Photo of The Marine Iguana by Abhigya Shrivastava

The Galapagos Islands

Photo of The Galapagos Islands by Abhigya Shrivastava

Blue-footed Boobies

Photo of Blue-footed Boobies by Abhigya Shrivastava

Turquoise Water

Photo of Turquoise Water by Abhigya Shrivastava

Frigate Bird

Photo of Frigate Bird by Abhigya Shrivastava

Grapsus Grapsus

Photo of Grapsus Grapsus by Abhigya Shrivastava

Underwater Life

Photo of Underwater Life by Abhigya Shrivastava

The Alluring Flamingo

Photo of The Alluring Flamingo by Abhigya Shrivastava

Marine Iguana Seen Swimming in Santa Cruz

Photo of Marine Iguana Seen Swimming in Santa Cruz by Abhigya Shrivastava

Galapagos Tortoise: Largest In The World

Photo of Galapagos Tortoise: Largest In The World by Abhigya Shrivastava

Isla Isabela

Photo of Isla Isabela by Abhigya Shrivastava

The Living Museum Of Evolution Of Life!

Located in a solitary ocean basin, Galapagos Islands remain largely untampered and overlooked. Situated approximately 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland, the islands house a variety of species found no where else in the world. It was designated as the 1st World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.

Photo of Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more! 1/5 by Abhigya Shrivastava

The convergence of three major oceanic currents nurtures an incredible mix of marine life to Galapagos.Due to their evolution in isolation, the wildlife is fearless and abundant, you can get up close and personal to some of the world's rarest animals as they are extremely tolerant of our presence. Giant tortoises, pelicans, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, fur sea lions and penguins can be seen here in abundance. The endemic Galapagos marine iguana is the only lizard to swim in the ocean.

Photo of Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more! 2/5 by Abhigya Shrivastava                  

Marine Iguana, looking like an extra from Jurassic Park

Galapagos are home to above 800 species of mollusks including snails, octopuses, cuttlefish, oysters and squids. Consequently becoming one of the best places on earth to eat delicious sea food.

Photo of Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more! 3/5 by Abhigya Shrivastava

Mouth-watering Lobster

The islands are popular for the diverse endemic species and were visited by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle, thus contributing to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

Given to their isolation and position on the equator, the islands can be visited all year round. Baltra, Isabela, Floreana, Espanola, Fernandina, Santa Cruz, Santiago are some of the popular islands among the eighteen.

Photo of Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more! 4/5 by Abhigya Shrivastava

Isla Isabela

Adventure activities like Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, hiking and camping can be pursued here in the islands. The Devil's Crown is a dramatic snorkeling site to the north of Cormorant Point where there is an almost completely submerged volcano.

Photo of Galapagos Islands: Wildlife and more! 5/5 by Abhigya Shrivastava

Being situated on the Nazca tectonic plate, which is slowly moving eastward towards South America, the islands will eventually be subsumed beneath the continent and disappear entirely. So, visit before it's too late, and indulge in wildlife and sea adventure.

Image Sources: Not Defterin, Wikipedia, National Geographic 
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