Marine Iguana 🦎
Darwin Discovered Marine Iguanas in 1835. Marine iguanas, the world's only sea-going lizards, live in the Galapagos, a chain of volcanic islands that straddle the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador.
Las “Horribles” criaturas del Archipiélago.———————————————————
“It is a hideous-looking creature ... stupid and sluggish in its movements” (Darwin 1839). William Beebe quotes Captain Parter as follows “...entering the bushes we found myriads of iguanas, of a enormous size and the most hideous appearance imaginable” (1924).
We had already seen a few marine iguanas on San Cristobal Island, but nowhere near as many as here on Isabela. They were all along the beach, fleeing from the rising tide, even though they can stay underwater for up to an hour. Only the largest males can be seen in the ocean, where they search for food.
In honour of being in the #Galapagos for Charles Darwin's 209th birthday, I found and drew a nice chilled marine iguana
In his diary, Darwin described one as "a hideous-looking creature, of a dirty black colour, stupid, and sluggish in its movements" and would throw them around just to see what they would do #science#charlesdarwin#marineiguana#SantaCruz
Turns out Godzilla is in the Galapagos, and he turned veggie!
Fun facts about marine iguanas:
1) Only place they can be found is in the Galápagos Islands.
2) They can dive up to 25m underwater.
3) They can hold their breath for up to 45mins
Video by @cool_chickie.#VisitSouthAmerica#ExperienceEcuador
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The marine iguana can hold its breath for 30-40 minutes at a time. #seekerscience
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I had the good fortune to be able to swim with these Marine Iguana off the coast of the Galápagos Islands