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:
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..
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.