Marvelous Creatures Of The Galapagos Islands

About 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador lies an archipelago known as the Galapagos Islands. Many know of the spot as the location that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. For centuries the islands have been a hot spot for viewing hundreds of species, some of which only exist on the islands. Consisting of 18 main islands, many of which have two names, there are more than 200 recorded species spread out across the islands. Get ready to meet some of the most unusual and charming creatures found on these islands.

Marine Iguana

A marine iguana swims along the coast of Isabela Island
Gunter Fischer/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Gunter Fischer/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

This graceful reptile is a marine iguana. They are found in various islands of the Galapagos and vary in size and color depending on their subspecies. This big guy was pictured swimming in Isabela Island.

While this iguana is predominantly gray-colored, some marine iguanas are teal or scarlet. Known to scientists as the Amblyrhynchus cristatus, they grow to be as long as 3.3 feet and are found only on the Galapagos islands. You can spot them on land or underwater, hence their nickname sea iguana or saltwater iguana.