Galapagos Land Iguana

In Images by Matt Shetzer

Galapagos Land Iguana

Seen during our Galapagos photo workshop, the serene yet powerful presence of the Galápagos land iguana is anexample of the islands’ ancient animal lineage and evolutionary wonders.

The land iguanas are bigger (and more yellow) than the marine iguanas, which like to hang around tide pools. But the archipelago’s wonders don’t stop at the water’s edge.

Beneath the waves, a kaleidoscope of life, from the delicate dance of colorful fish to the serene glide of sea turtles, showcases the islands’ aquatic marvels. Among these, the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin found north of the equator, navigates the cool currents, further highlighting the unique ecological diversity that defines this UNESCO World Heritage site.

This seamless blend of terrestrial and marine ecosystems underscores the Galapagos Islands’ global significance as a natural sanctuary for various species, each adapted to thrive in its niche, preserving a delicate balance that has evolved over millions of years.

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Galapagos Land Iguana was last modified: March 22nd, 2024 by Matt Shetzer