Marine Iguana and Sally Lighfoot Crabs by Doug Thost

Currently unavailable for purchase

Available to buy on…

Marine Iguana and Sally Lighfoot Crabs by 

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.

50% of any sales of this image will be donated to the Galapagos Conservation Trust (UK)

Check out their position statement here


conservation, crab, galapagos, iguana, lizard, marine, wildlife


  • CMCphotoart
    CMCphotoartover 6 years ago

    This is a delightful instance captured, Doug. Lovely contrast of species patterns and colours. It is very interesting to see them sharing a rock, too.

    Thank you for adding this exquisite image with an informative description along your pledge to “Art for Conservation":

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyover 6 years ago

    How cool is he with all the crabs around him !!

  • nevillecowan
    nevillecowanover 6 years ago

    Your photography is stunning, I love the contrasting red of the crabs in this shot

  • mjaniceanne
    mjaniceanneover 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot as is all your portfolio!

  • Mango
    Mangoalmost 6 years ago

    Fab. Lucky you having been to the Galapagos.

  • ys-eye
    ys-eyeover 5 years ago

    What an amazing capture!

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 1 year ago

    What a beautiful iguana, Doug! Great description too :-D

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait