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Galapagos Islands
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Mammals
Galapagos Sea Lion: The Galapagos Sea Lion looks like the California Sea Lion. The species is endemic to the islands.

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.

Marine Birds

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 Island, respectively.


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