In The GalapagosGalapagos Islands, Spring 2012

Sunday a week ago I started my three month long stay at one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. Since I’ve been in the Galapagos I think the variety of animals I’ve seen in my entire life has doubled. In one week alone I’ve seen sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, damsel fish, the list goes on and on. Many of the species I’ve seen are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. In class we’ve discussed the unique conditions that make the islands the way they are now. Three ocean currents meet up at the Galapagos. It’s theorized that over the past thousands of years the ocean currents have swept bugs, birds, eggs, seeds and plants to the island from around the world, causing the Galapagos to become a bio diverse hotspot. The mix of currents also provides a range of water temperatures good for different types of marine life. For example penguins can be found on Isabella, one of the islands, because the current brings water colder there than any other island. Fun fact, Isabella is the only place in the world where penguins can be found living north of the Equator. I’m particularly excited about that because I love penguins, but I’m not such a big fan of cold weather. Last Friday I was particularly lucky. Currently the islands are having a week and a half long celebration of the Galapagos. To get ready, on Friday my university participated in an Island long cleanup of the nearby beaches. My professor, four of my classmates, and I stumbled upon the treasure trove of trash swept up on a secluded area. We ended up hauling out five or six huge bags of trash over two hours. While sorting through recycling, I glanced up to look at the water and spied a blue footed booby sitting on a rock. Then I saw four more. Later when I told my brother he said that seeing animals here is considered good luck. You may see animals one day, but that doesn’t mean you’ll see them again. Except for sea lions. They are everywhere
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  1. The abundant wildlife in Galapagos is indescribable. When we hear of the islands and its many species, could imagine that most would find a few marine and terrestrial. However, the range is very wide and there are fantastic birds. Good look.

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