Just curious, what do you think of when Galapagos is mentioned? I must confess that most of my thoughts were of huge turtles and a curiosity about what inspired Darwin to think in terms of species evolution. I gave little thought to the physical place, what it was like, where it was or what/who inhabited the islands, yet when the opportunity came to visit this mysterious place, it wasn’t one to turn down. And, how glad I am for that opportunity as it opened the door to a stimulating, incredibly interesting adventure.
You may know lots about the Galapagos archipelago, but in case you don’t here are some interesting tidbits:
More than 100 islets, reefs and rocks make up the Galapagos, with 13 of these being major islands.
Over the course of tens of thousands of years, each of the formations will move away from what is called the hot spot and disappear while others are formed by volcanic activity beneath the sea to replace them. The oldest islands are roughly 5 million years old, and the younger islands like Isabella and Fernandina are still being formed.
About 25,000 people reside on the islands that are fit for human habitation. The islands are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, so life there is not the most convenient. Little grows which means that most of the foodstuffs as well as life necessities have to be brought in.
There are 3 types of life in the Galapagos: endemic meaning unique to the islands, native meaning it can be found in other places and introduced describing the species (cats, goats, donkeys) left by man and which have become feral.
This not being the rainy season meant that the islands were arid, brown and dead looking but with a special kind of beauty. Soon, we were told, it will rain and the islands will change to a lush green. It would be interesting to return when that is the case to see the difference.
They aren’t bothered by human traffic and are not aggressive. That doesn’t mean one doesn’t have to be wary, however, as it is very easy to step on one because they blend so perfectly with the environment.
Enough about iguanas. Stay tuned, however, for more beautiful and awesome species.
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