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Galapagos Animals

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island (Galápagos). Given the name of the Holy Cross in Spanish, its English name derives from the British vessel HMS Indefatigable. It has an area of 986 square kilometers (381 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2834 ft).


Galápagos Tortoise

The largest of the tortoises, the endangered Galápagos tortoise is incredibly long-lived. One captive tortoise lived over 150 years.

Blue-Footed Booby

Not just attractive physical features, the blue feet of this booby can be used to cover its chicks and keep them warm.

Bottlenose Dolphin

Their intelligence, friendly disposition, and "smiling" faces make dolphins popular in large aquariums and with divers.

Hammerhead Shark

Not just attractive physical features, the blue feet of this booby can be used to cover its chicks and keep them warm.Hammerheads are aggressive hunters, feeding on smaller fish, octopuses, squid, and crustaceans. They do not actively seek out human prey, but are very defensive and will attack when provoked.

Red-Footed Booby

Smallest of the boobies, the red-foot feeds at sea, nests on the ground, and perches in coastal trees.

Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are reptiles whose ancestors evolved on land and took to the sea to live about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct.

Black-Browed Albatross

Wide-winged and long-lived, albatrosses are rarely seen on land, preferring to stay out on the ocean except to mate and raise their young.

Marine Iguana

Found only on the Galápagos Islands, marine iguanas often wear distinctive white "wigs" of salt expelled from glands near their noses.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

A hawksbill turtle swims just above the seafloor with flippers spread like wings. Hawksbills get their name from their tapered heads, which end in a sharp point resembling a bird's beak.