Wonderful wildlife: Animals in the Galapagos Islands

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Animals in the Galapagos Islands

There are few places on earth that compare to the Galapagos Islands when it comes to the sheer amount of wildlife roaming around in completely untouched habitats. The chain of islands found off the west coast of Ecuador are a nature lovers paradise, boasting dozens of species endemic to the Galapagos in the air, on land and underwater.

Where else could you possibly watch a blue-footed booby perform a mating dance, lay among sea lions, swim with a shark then snap a shot of a penguin perched on a rock, all in a single day? Here’s a look at some of the most popular animals in the Galapagos Islands.

Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands: Birds

Penguin

The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin found north of the equator, and are typically found on Fernandina, Isabela, Bartolome and Floreana islands. Weighing an average of less than six pounds, these cute critters are usually spotted hiding out in caves and crevices to get out of the hot sun.  

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Blue-footed booby

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Animals in the Galapagos Islands

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WATCH: Two males try to woo a female in the Galapagos Islands with their mating dance.

 

Red-footed booby

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Nazca booby

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Nazca boobie

Nazca booby

Frigatebird

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READ MORE: Finding Frigatebirds on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos

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Short-eared owl

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Galapagos Hawk

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Galapagos Hawk

Galapagos Hawk

Flamingo

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Animals of the Galapagos Islands: Mammals

Sea lions

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Animals in the Galapagos Islands

 

Dolphin

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Whale

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Galapagos Island reptiles

Sea turtle

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Galapagos tortoise

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READ MORE: Tracking tortoises on Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos tortoise

Hybrid iguana

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Christmas iguana

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Marine iguana

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Fish in the Galapagos Islands

Sharks

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Spotted eagle ray

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Pacific boxfish

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King angelfish

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