The Galapagos Islands are like no other place. Some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland, these isolated volcanic islands were famously the inspiration for Darwin’s theories of evolution. For many nature lovers the Galapagos are a must-see destination, and with native birds and reptiles having lived for thousands of years with no fear of predators, human visitors to the islands are able to experience remarkably close encounters with the creatures they  meet.

This short gallery highlights just a few of the native wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Close up of masked booby

Masked booby

 

Couple of blue footed boobies performing mating dance

Couple of blue footed boobies performing mating dance

 

Darwin's Finches

Darwin’s Finches

 

Frigatebird in breeding season

Frigatebird in breeding season

 

Galapagos Penguin in Isabela island

Galapagos Penguin on Isabela island

 

A giant Galapagos turtle

Giant Galapagos turtle

 

Marine iguana

Marine iguana

 

Marine Iguanas on rocks in La Espanola island

Marine Iguanas on rocks in La Espanola island

 

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Sally Lightfoot Crab

 

Woman and sea lion approach each other

A curious sea lion