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Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador

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Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador6 years ago

Great photo, - thanks! - This recent immigrant to Galapagos reminds us that there are two reasons why Galapagos ecosystems are special: One reason is the geographical isolation; Galapagos is 1000 km away from the continent. The second reason is that species who could cross that barrier don't find a suitable habitat where they could survive and settle. Probably cattle egrets made it to Galapagos, maybe often, before the middle of last century, - but they could successfully immigrant as a species only once humans had set up a suitable "home" for them: cattle pastures.

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galápagos Land Iguana
Galápagos Land Iguana commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Bella Vista, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador6 years ago

Nice! Thank you!

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Santa Rosa, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

Great shots, Kathleen! I do believe, though, that these are Galapagos Sea Lions. Fur Seals are more stocky. Check out photos on http://www.darwinfoundation.org/datazone... or elsewhere on the web. Also, it is unlikely you saw Fur Seals on Santa Cruz...

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galápagos tortoise
Galápagos tortoise commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Bella Vista, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

Great series of spotings! - note that Darwin and the Beagle visitied Galapagos only once.

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Zayapa
Zayapa commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

Muy buena serie de fotos!

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galápagos sea lion
Galápagos sea lion commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Isla Santa María (Floreana) (Cab. en Pto. Velasco Ibarra), Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

No, it is JasmineJ's.

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crab
Sally Lightfoot Crab commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Provincia de los Ríos, Ecuador7 years ago

Note the "brushes" on the 2nd and 3rd pair of legs; these are males.

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galápagos marine iguana
Galápagos marine iguana commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Tomas de Berlanga (Santo Tomas), Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

Great spotting, great video! Thanks! A bit of additional info: Surface water temperatures in Galapagos are much lower than you would expect them to be on the equator, but they are generally around 20°C in the center of ther Archipelago, but may be around 15°C in Punta Espinoza, where sea productivity, i.e. growth of algae, is highest, - meaning that Marine Iguanas find most food where the water is coldest. That is why you see so many Marine Iguanas on Fernandina. And, yes, you are right, after feeding at low tide they really want to get out and warm up on the warm lava rocks! and they may stay out feeding for an hour and more, diving as deep as 10-15 meters for up to an hour!

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Galápagos sea lion
Galápagos sea lion commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Parroquia Isla Santa María (Floreana) (Cab. en Pto. Velasco Ibarra), Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador7 years ago

Great video!

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crab
Sally Lightfoot Crab commented on by Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Provincia de los Ríos, Ecuador7 years ago

Great protraits, thank you! Can you note the island, where you got them?

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