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Animals of the Galapagos

All work and no play…

My wife and I are avid travelers. That’s our thing. We decided years ago that we already had enough stuff. So a few years ago, we decided that instead of putting more stuff in our house, we’d focus on putting stamps in our passports. Well, that and I was told that I was dying, so – you know. (no worries – we found out this year they were wrong). Now, a few times a year, we explore the world together, and every trip thus far has been an amazing adventure. This one – the Animals of the Galapagos.

Bucket List

With that said, the Galapagos Islands was one of my absolute favorites. We had the option of staying on land or sea, but the thought of having to fly back and forth island-hopping didn’t seem to make as much sense compared to making a small ship our home base. Besides, the entirety of the time during daylight hours, we were on one type of excursion or another.


We did not see all of the islands, only six out of thirteen, but I guess this gives us an excuse to go back. The islands we did explore (with a guide and in small groups of maybe ten people) were the Baltra, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Isabela, and Floreana. As a result, I don’t have pictures of all of the islands here, but let’s face it. People don’t go to the Galapagos Islands to see the actual islands – this trip is about the animals.

Research Station

Of course, I am a bit of a nerd, so a visit to the Darwin Research Station was also in order. Besides, they had about a dozen different studies at the time, including some on freshwater algae, and I wanted to check those out. But, this article is about animals. I didn’t get pictures of all fifteen of the Galapagos Big 15, but I did get eleven of them. The other four (noted) will have to be on our next trip and some other islands.

Animals of the Galapagos – The Big 15:

  1. Galapagos Albatross (missing)
  2. Blue-footed Boobie
  3. Nazca Boobie (missing)
  4. Red-footed Boobie (missing)
  5. Flightless Cormorant
  6. American Flamingo
  7. Frigate Birds
  8. Galapagos Hawk
  9. Land Iguana
  10. Marine Iguana
  11. Santa Fe Land Iguana (missing)
  12. Galapagos Penguin
  13. Galapagos Sea Lion
  14. Galapagos Fur Seal
  15. Galapagos Giant Tortoise

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A Few Island Pics

The Animals

Blue Footed Boobie
Galapagos White Cheeked Pintail Duck
Galapagos flycatcher
Galapagos Land Iguana
Goat (introduced/invasive)
Galapagos Flycatcher
Galapagos Fur Seal & pup
Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos cormorant
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Marine Iguana
Lava Lizard
Galapagos Marine Iguana
Galapagos crabs (Sally Lightfoot Crabs)
Galapagos Frigatebirds
Darwin’s finch (Galapagos finch)
Galapagos Tortoise
Christmas Iguana
Baby Blue Footed Boobie
Blue Footed Boobie
American Flamingo
Yellow Warbler
Galapagos Marine Iguana
Galapagos Marine Iguanas
American Flamingo

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Rudy Stankowitz is a 30-year veteran of the swimming pool industry and President/CEO of Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants