PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS! THE RARE AND BEAUTIFUL.

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Photos of the Week: 6/21/2018: Galapagos Islands:  Inhabited by NO-ONE !

 

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As long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated, even as a kid, about the Galapagos Islands.  I don’t think that I ever heard of anyone living there.  Who would want to?  The animals rule these islands don’t they?  And when I watched TV specials, they always mentioned that these islands had the most rare and strangest animals in the world.  Could it be that this is what is left over from the dinosaurs?  Let’s take a look at these incredible islands and see what we can figure out:

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The majestic craters of Isabela Island

Craters?  See, that means that is why there is no human life here!  These islands were hit by asteroids from long ago, right?  Who knows?  A very mysterious part of these islands for sure.

The sea surrounding the Galapagos is a meeting place of surface and deep currents that give these ecosystems singular wealth, with animals coming from the four cardinal points. The waters of the archipelago have the right conditions for the prolific reproduction of both resident and migratory sea life.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve protects 133,000 square kilometres of water surrounding the islands for approximately 40 miles. It was declared Ecuador’s first marine reserve in 1998 and is the second largest in the world, following the Great Barrier Reef. Both places hold the greatest wealth of sea life known to man.

Thousands of species of marine invertebrates swim in the seas of Galapagos. Some are still almost unknown, waiting for scientists to dive in and discover them. Roughly 25% of this life is exclusive to Galapagos. The marine reserve is also a congregation point for 24 species of sea mammals, including two endemic species: the Galapagos sea lion and the Galapagos fur seal. There are also humpback whales, killer whales and dolphins. This earned the archipelago its declaration as a whale sanctuary in 1990.

Galapagos Marine Reserve is a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving, adventure sports that let us become part of the undersea world, swimming with harmless manta rays, graceful sea turtles, sea lions whizzing past like torpedoes, multicoloured fish that curiously check out the divers and, in the north of the archipelago, giant whale sharks.

Visit the Galapagos Islands..

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Marine Iguana

 

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Galápagos Islands the best place in the world 

 

 

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the wonderful galapagos giant turtles live approximately 150 years and can weigh about 225 kg. They are able to live many months without water and food, which is why sailors and pirates took the turtles to the ships… they were fresh food for long journeys.

 

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Clash between turtles in the area to eat. Galapagos Islands.

 

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Blue-footed Boobies usually lay one to three eggs at a time

 

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great hike to get a good view of the famous Pinnacle Rock 

 

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Galápagos Penguins posing for the camera near Isla Santiago. Very tame on land but elusive speedsters in the water.

 

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Sunset on the beach on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

 

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Sharks as far as the eye can see. This is why I love diving at Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos!

 

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A Galapahawk eyeing off baby sea lions left on the beach while the parents feed, my live aboard boat in the background!

 

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Wolf Island in Galapagos where the current marine sanctuary of humanity is located with the world’s largest shark biomass.

 

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The Deserted White Sand beaches of the Galapagos Islands

Located a thousand miles off the shore of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth. Their isolation and the fact that they are located at the confluence of three ocean currents has led to the development of many one-of-a-kind species. You’ll see animals found nowhere else in the world like the giant tortoise and the marine iguana. It was after a visit to the Galapagos Islands that Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution.

 

 

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