9 Unique Animals To See In The Galapagos Islands

Seeing the wildlife is undoubtedly a major reason for visiting the Galapagos Islands. To begin with, practically all of the animals found in the Galapagos Islands are unique to these islands.

1.Sally Lightfoot Crab
The Grapsus is a stunning crab species with vibrant red, orange, and yellow coloration and light grey tones on its legs and face.

This delightful crab (well, most crabs are delightfully funny to me—I suppose it has something to do with all that sideways walking) can be found on several of the islands, including San Cristobal, and is normally located near the ocean on rocky outcrops.

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2. Galapagos Sea Lion
This Galapagos Sea Lion breeds solely in the Galapagos Islands and is extensively scattered throughout the archipelago.

Sea Lions are naturally curious creatures, and it is not unusual to observe them sitting on benches at Puerto Ayora. These magnificent mammals are extremely stunning to observe in the water, and it is a true pleasure to snorkel with them.

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3. Lava Lizard
The Galapagos Lizard is a lovely tiny lizard with striking colors that is unique to the islands.

Microlophus Albemariensis is a Galapagos Islands endemic species that can reach a length of 100mm. The islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Santa Fe are home to this delightful little species.

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4. Blue-Footed Booby
This incredible bird is native to the Pacific Ocean, yet it frequently visits the Galapagos Islands.

This kind of booby has vivid blue feet, brown wing feathers, and a white head, as expected — the contrast is rather striking. They also have crazy dance abilities, which you can see during mating season. You can see the Blue-footed Booby nesting (which is easier to shoot) or diving into the waters to catch food if you visit at the correct time.

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5. Lava Gull
This species is endemic to the Galapagos Islands and is the world’s largest gull. It is also the world’s rarest gull.

The Lava Gull grows up to 55cm long and has a magnificent blackhead and light grey plumage.

The initial sighting of this bird occurred on Santiago Island, but it has since spread to Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Genovesa.

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6. Giant Tortoise
Many visitors come to the islands because of the mythical Giant Tortoise! These massive tortoises, which may weigh up to 417kg and live in the wild for almost 100 years, are the largest species of tortoise.

Most Galapagos islands, including Isabela, Floreana, Pinta, and Santa Cruz, are home to this magnificent creature.

These gentle giants may be seen up close and personal at Rancho Primicias.

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7. Marine Iguana
This iguana species is exclusively found in the Galapagos Islands and forages for food underwater, which is unusual for any iguana.

The Marine Iguana is capable of diving to depths of 9 meters and may be found on almost all of the islands’ rocky coastlines. The iguana comes in a variety of colors: some are brilliant green and orange, others have a lovely red undertone, and the majority are a basic shade of patterned brown.

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8. Galapagos Penguin
This is the only penguin that lives in the wild north of the equator and is unique to the islands. This penguin breed is fairly little in compared to the larger Antarctic kinds, standing at an average height of 49cm, yet it is just as lovely and interesting.

This species is mostly found on Fernandina Island and Isabela, but it can also be found in the waters around the archipelago.

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9. Waved Albatross
This kind of Albatross only visits the Galapagos during the breeding season and spends the rest of the year on the Ecuadorian coast.

This amazing bird constructs its nest from of boulders and thick foliage on lava flows; if you’re lucky, you might even watch the uncommon courtship ritual that has only been witnessed by a few individuals.

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