Daydreaming about your trip to the Galapagos? Here are some of our favorite videos about the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos.
Waved Albatross are large, beautiful birds who mate for life and have endearing interactions with each other. Nearly every waved albatross in the world nests on Española Island in the Galapagos. They are on this island from mid-April to late December.
Marine Iguanas are unique to the Galapagos Islands. They are the only iguana that can swim in the ocean, and they feed exclusively on ocean algae. The variations between Marina Iguana on each island helped form Darwin’s theory of natural selection. You’ll have to watch your step, they’re everywhere!
The blue feet of the Blue-Footed Booby come from their diet of fish. The bluer the feet, the healthier the booby! Males show off their feet in order to attract females.
The iconic Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos can live to be over 100 years old. The differences between tortoises on each of the islands helped Darwin form his theory of evolution and natural selection.
Galapagos Penguins are curious, coming over to check out snorkelers and divers regularly. They are the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere, just north of the equator.
The first animal you’ll see in the Galapagos will probably be a sea lion, they are everywhere!
Although the Galapagos may seem pristine, there are many threats to the islands: invasive species, climate change, irresponsible tourism, illegal fishing, and pollution from expanding populations and tourism. With 150,000 annual visitors to the Galapagos, it is challenging to find a balance between conservation and growing tourism.