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The Galapagos Marine Reserve extends over 133,000 square kilometers (51,352 square miles), making it the second largest marine reserve in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, and its conservation continues to be a top priority for the region. Nowhere else on earth do visitors receive such life-changing experiences with unafraid wildlife.
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
In a world of incredibly unique, stunning fauna, it says something when you’re the most famous of the lot. Of all the fauna the Galapagos offers, the archipelago’s giant tortoises are perhaps the most recognizable and the most beloved. So beloved that the islands were named after the lumbering creatures; the Spanish word galapago translates to “saddle,” a term the early explorers applied to the tortoises upon seeing their shells. Learn More
Sally Lightfoot Crab
The Sally Lightfoot crab is also known as the red lava crab. They are abundant throughout the islands, creating a scurrying carpet of color. With their striking bright red and blue bodies, they create a stark contrast to the black volcanic rock. Although they are a common sight throughout the archipelago, they are difficult to catch as they are incredibly agile. With the ability to climb vertical inclines and run in four different directions, they are impressively mobile. Learn More
Galapagos Sea Lion
You won’t have to look hard to find a Galapagos sea lion. They loll around on docks, sprawl on benches, and gather en masse on rocky shorelines and sandy beaches throughout the islands. Inquisitive, playful, and acrobatic, sea lions are a Galapagos fauna frontrunner. Galapagos sea lions aren’t just conspicuous because they’re a familiar sight; they are also the largest animals found within the archipelago with grown males (or bulls) weighing up to 550 lbs. Learn More
Blue Footed Boobie
Blue-footed boobies are perhaps the most distinctive. These boobies don’t need blue suede shoes, because their feet are fabulously blue all on their own. In fact, blue-footed boobies take such pride in their bright blue tootsies that males strut their stuff to attract a mate—the bluer the feet, the more irresistible the bird. Learn More
Galapagos Marine Iguana
Unlike their sunny-colored cousins living on shore, the Galapagos marine iguanas are usually inky colored. However, they can display a variation of colors that are often dependent on which island they inhabit during their mating season. Española has the most distinct, colorful iguanas who are smudged with green, red, and copper. The unique red pigment comes from the seaweed that blossoms during the summer. Although their physical features may not be pretty, they are uniquely adapted to their island environment. Learn More