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Galapagos Animals

The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most fascinating and exotic creatures on the planet and, unlike in many other parts of the world, Galapagos animals never learn to fear humans. Because these islands are located 600 miles off the nearest coastline, the islands have a low biodiversity (few species). Compared to other areas of the tropics, many important animal groups from the mainland are missing. The animals that inhabit the islands today are species whose ancestors were already well suited for harsh environments. On the 13 major islands and associated islets, we find mammals, reptiles, shore birds, water birds, sea birds and land birds. Amongst the more interesting creatures are the giant Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and Darwin finches.

Orcas in Galapagos Islands Juggling & Playing with Green Sea Turtle

Lead guide aboard M/V Evolution, Rafael Pesantes, spotted the Orca pod going after the sea turtle on May 29, 2016 in the Galapagos and quickly set off with the passengers to follow the developing scene.

It’s extremely rare to see an Orca tossing a sea turtle in the air. This video was taken by Phil Courter in the Bolivar Channel in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Fernandina Island. You can see La Cumbre volcano in the background on Fernandina. Though transient Orca pods are not uncommon in the Galapagos, they are only seen very infrequently by visitors. Transients are opportunistic predators and feed on species including sea lions, dolphins, fish and in this case, green sea turtles.

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