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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)



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






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



Storm Petrel/Golondrina de Mar

Frigatebird (large) with Storm Petrel (small)


Semipalmated Plover/Chorlitejo





Sanderling/Playero Comun



Wandering Tattler/Errante

Wandering Tattler


Ruddy Turnstone/Vuelve Piedras



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)



Small Ground FinchLarge Ground 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



White-cheeked Pintail/Patillo

White Cheeked Pintail (Female)


Common Gallinule/Gallinula

Common Gallinule


Black-necked Stilt/Tero Real


Galapagos Dove/Paloma de Galapagos



Galapagos Flycatcher/Papamoscas



White-tipped Reef Shark/Tintorera

White-tipped Reef Shark





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













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



Galapagos Painted locust/Saltamontes de Galapagos

Painted Locust


Spot-winged Dragonfly/Chapulete



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






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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