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Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

I am fully aware of how lucky I am. I have been able to travel many times, and in different countries have had, with just a few exceptions, such thrilling experiences with the local flora and fauna. But in my opinion, there is nowhere in the world that can come close to the experience I have recently had in the Galapagos Islands. Magical. Surreal. Fantastic. Whatever adjective I choose, it cannot adequately sum up how the place makes me feel. After 5 weeks visiting 10 of the 17 islands (and the seas in between!), I saw so much wildlife that I just had to share some of my excitement.

MAMMALS (English)/MAMIFEROS (Spanish)

Sea Lion/Lobo Marino

 

Humpback Whale/Jorobada

 

Bottle-nosed Dolphins/Delfin Mular

Bottle-nosed dolphins

 

Killer Whale/Orca

Orca (fin tips just visible)

 

REPTILES/REPTILES

Galapagos Giant Tortoise/Galapago

 

Pacific Green Turtle/Tortuga Marino del Pacifico

Marine Turtle

 

Marine Iguana/Iguana Marina

 

Galapagos Land Iguana/Iguana Terrestre de Galapagos

 

Hybrid Iguana

 

Lava Lizard/Lagartija de Lava

Lava lizard

Lava LizardLava Lizard

 

Gecko/Geco

Gecko

 

BIRDS/AVES

Blue-footed Booby/Piquero Patas Azules

 

Nazca Booby/Piquero de Nazca

Nazca Booby

Magnificent Frigatebird/Fragata Real

Magnificent Frigatebird (Female & Juvenile)

 

Great Frigatebird/Fragata Comun

 

Galapagos Penguin/Pinguino de las Galapagos

Galapagos Penguin

 

Greater Flamingo/Flamenco

 

Lava Gull/Gaviota de Lava

Lava Gull

 

Red-billed Tropic Bird/Ave Tropical

Red-billed Tropic Bird

 

Swallow-tailed Gull/Gaviota de Cola Bifurcada

 

Brown Noddy Tern/Gaviotin Cabeza Blanca

Brown Noddy Tern

 

Smooth-billed Ani/Garrapatero Comun

 

Galapagos Shearwater/Pufino de Galapagos

Shearwater

 

Storm Petrel/Golondrina de Mar

Frigatebird (large) with Storm Petrel (small)

 

Semipalmated Plover/Chorlitejo

Plover

 

Whimbrel/Zarapito

 

Sanderling/Playero Comun

Sanderling

 

Wandering Tattler/Errante

Wandering Tattler

 

Ruddy Turnstone/Vuelve Piedras

Turnstone

 

Great Blue Heron/Garza Morena

Great Blue Heron

 

Cattle Egret/Garza del Ganado Bueyera

Cattle Egret

 

Great Egret/Garza Blanca

Great Egret

 

Brown Pelican/Pelicano Cafe

Brown Pelican (Juvenile)Grey Heron (Adult)

 

Finches/Pinzon

Small Ground FinchLarge Ground Finch

Finch

 

Yellow Warbler/Canario Maria

Yellow Warbler (Male)Yellow Warbler (Female)

 

Striated Heron/Garza de Lava

Striated heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron/Garza Nocturna

 

Galapagos Mockingbird/Cucuve de Galapagos

Mockingbird

 

White-cheeked Pintail/Patillo

White Cheeked Pintail (Female)

 

Common Gallinule/Gallinula

Common Gallinule

 

Black-necked Stilt/Tero Real

 

Galapagos Dove/Paloma de Galapagos

Dove

 

Galapagos Flycatcher/Papamoscas

 

FISH/PECES

White-tipped Reef Shark/Tintorera

White-tipped Reef Shark

 

Stingray/Raya

Stingray

 

Spotted Eagle Ray/Raya Aguila

Spotted Eagle Ray

 

Blue-Chin Parrot Fish/Pez Loro de Barba Azul

Blue-Chin Parrotfish (Terminal Phase)Blue-Chinned Parrotfish (Initial Phase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Streamer Hogfish/Vieja Ribeteada

Streamer Hogfish

 

Panamic Sergeant Major/Sargento Mayor

Sergeant Major

 

 

Damselfish/Damisela

Damselfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galapagos Grunt/Roncador de Galapagos

Galapagos Grunt

 

Razor Surgeonfish/Pez Chanco

Razor Surgeonfish

 

King Angelfish/Pez Bandera

King Angelfish

 

Bullseye Puffer/Botete Diana

Bullseye Puffer

 

INVERTEBRATES/INVERTEBRADOS

Galapagos Painted locust/Saltamontes de Galapagos

Painted Locust

 

Spot-winged Dragonfly/Chapulete

Dragonfly

 

Zig zag Spider/Aranha zig zag

 

Sally Lightfoot Crab/Zayapa

 

Fiddler Crab/Cangrejo Violinista

Fiddler Crab

 

Pencil Spined Sea Urchin/Erizo Punta de Lapiz

Sea Urchin

 

Chocolate Chip Sea Star/Estrella Chispas de Chocolate

Chocolate Chip Sea Star

 

Octopus/Pulpo

Octopus

 

Cockroach/Cucaracha

Cockroach on back

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9 thoughts on “Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

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  2. Laura on said:

    Que bonitas fotos! Las hiciste tu? Espero verte pronto asi me cuentas mas detalles.

  3. This looks amazing – I am very jealous! Hope I get the change to visit Galapagos one day:)

  4. cheruiyot leonard on said:

    it is good teaching where by i and my friends, have enjoy in one way or the other.thanks alot for you good work i hope one day we will see these animals live

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