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Galapagos penguin

Spheniscus mendiculus

Description:

The Galapagos Penguin is a penguin endemic to the Galapagos Islands. It is the only penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild. It can survive due to the cool temperatures resulting from the Humboldt Current and cool waters from great depths brought up by the Cromwell Current. The Galapagos Penguin is one of the banded penguins, the other species of which live mostly on the coasts of mainland South America, and Africa.

Habitat:

Punta Vicente Roca, Galapagos


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89 Comments (1–25)

KarenL
KarenL 4 years ago

Thanks fini1 - me too!

ceejayalyssa
ceejayalyssa 4 years ago

wow! very cute :)

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks vanvliet5!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Mona! And thanks Dez for featuring my spotting!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Awesome series !!! Love it so much.

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 5 years ago

Congratulations Karen! Your extraordinary spot of the Galapagos Penguin was chosen for today's International Penguin Day blog: http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4885276...

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Hema & Leana!

Congrats Karen!

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Love the third picture with the crabs in the background.

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Tibi, Larry & Lisa!

LisaDrewel
LisaDrewel 5 years ago

and the fabulous crabs behind him/her!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Congrats Karen!

tibiprada
tibiprada 5 years ago

Lovely ... Congratulations !

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Peter! We were indeed very lucky to see several of these highly endangered birds, both in & out of the water. One swan past me underwater while we were snorkeling but unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to get a photo. They really do "fly" underwater!

Great series of spottings, Karen! - A few additional facts: This is one of the most endangered bird species on Galapagos. The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos, jointly with the National Park Service, does regular censuses of the Galapagos Penguin population since 1961. They show that the total number of breeding pairs fluctuates considerably and often is way below 1,000. They breed almost exclusively on Fernandina and the west coast of Isabela where the sea is coldest and most productive. When "El Niño" hits them with warm water, which happens every 5 to 10 years, the population crashes. The Darwin Foundation and the National Park are working hard to reduce or exclude additional pressure resulting from feral cats and introduced bird malaria. - For more info on our work go to facebook.com/darwinfoundation.

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks guys!

williefromwi
williefromwi 5 years ago

Congrats Karen

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 5 years ago

Congratulations for National Geographic Spotting of the Week. Love your spots!!! Great job!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Congratulations Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thanks Luis & Carol!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 5 years ago

WOW! Love your penguin! Great series! Adorable!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Congrats Karen.

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Thank you guys, & a fantastic spotting-filled New Year to you too!

namitha
namitha 5 years ago

Congratulations Karen. Wish you an amazing New Year.

Parroquia Tomas de Berlanga (Santo Tomas), Galápagos, Ecuador

Lat: -0.05, Long: -91.55

Spotted on Nov 26, 2012
Submitted on Dec 19, 2012

Reference

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