Sea lions can often be found exhibiting themselves along beaches and
rocks. Though very entertaining to swim with sea lions, you should
try to avoid the males because they can be very aggressive.
Fur Seal: This species is as abundant as the Sea
Lions but they are harder to find because they sleep in caves during
the day and come out at night to feed. The largest colonies are found
on the island of James Bay and on the slope of the Genovesa Island.
Aside from these two, there are aquatic mammals like dolphins and
whales that travel through the waters of the islands during their
migration. These mammals however are not exclusive to the Galapagos.
Albatross: This species is endemic to the Galapagos;
it is the largest bird on the islands. These albatross travel to the
Galapagos Islands, specifically to the Española Island to mate
and then live four months at sea. They can be seen on this island
from April up to the beginning of December.
Blue-footed Boobies: The blue-footed boobies can
be distinguished by the color of their feet. In addition to this beautiful
attraction, these birds perform a majestic courtship dance. These
boobies are found mainly on the Islands of Española and Seymour.
Red-footed Boobies: These boobies are the same as
the blue-footed ones but their feet are a deep red color. The best
places to find these boobies are on the Islands of Genovesa, Punta
Pitt and on San Cristobal Island.
Masked or White Boobie: This is the largest species
of all of the boobies on the Islands. It is known for its intense
white color that contrasts with the black mask that covers its face.
During its two mating seasons (from May to February - from September
to May) they are found on the Genovesa Island and the Española