A marine iguana suns itself after a foraging trip in the ocean. The only sea-going lizard in the world, these guys can dive to 12 metres for periods of 5 to 10 minutes. They can survive underwater for up to one hour, as a sailor on Darwin’s expedition discovered when he attempted to kill one by drowning. They also have the most effective salt-excreting gland of any reptile. The brightly coloured Sally lighfoot crabs at igi’s feet (also known as the Red lava Crab Grapsus grapsus) are very fast and very skittish. Their name comes from their habit of skipping across short stretches of water.
The Galapagos islands are often called a “laboratory of evolution”. They are under increasing pressure from development, tourism, and local fishing, as well as international poaching of fisheries.
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