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  • You can get up close and personal with creatures of the Galapagos! They’re not afraid of humans due to a lack of natural predators on the islands.
  • The islands sit at the convergence of three major ocean currents: the warm Panama Current from the North, the colder and nutrient-rich Peru Current from the South, and the deep Equatorial Current from the West. These currents bring an incredible amount of marine diversity and also govern the weather patterns of the islands.

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  •  Galapagos marine iguanas are the only sea-going lizards in the world! They live on land, but dive down beneath the surface to graze on seaweed, returning to land to warm up in the sun when they get chilly.
  • The Galapagos are home to the only species of penguin in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Where can you find penguins and lizards living together? Only in the Galapagos!

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  •  Albatross pairs, who breed on Española Island from March to January, usually mate for life. An albatross “divorce” is very rare and only happens when they’re unable to successfully breed for many years in a row.
  • The Galapagos were the very first designated UNESCO World Heritage site (given this distinction in 1978).

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  • Male frigatebirds have a bright red pouch beneath their beaks that they inflate to attract females. When they see a female, they turn their head and wings upward, puff out their bright red pouch and call loudly. Female frigatebirds lay one egg per breeding season and both parents share incubation duties.

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  • The largest recorded Galapagos tortoises weigh over 880lbs and are more than 6ft long! They have a life expectancy of over 100 years.
  • The gender of tortoise hatchlings is partially dependent on temperature. Lower temperature nests produce more males and higher temperature nests produce more females.

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-Photos by Bill Abbott, WT Founder and President, Ultimate Galapagos

-Text by Sommer Antrim, Photo Blog Editor

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