Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Isla Española, afternoon at Suarez Point

Lava Lizards

Marine Iguanas

Galapagos Hawks

Waved Albatross

The Waved Albatross is an amazing species to see up close. They lay a single egg directly on the ground and the mother and father take turns incubating it for two months. Juvenile birds spend the first 6 years of life at sea before returning to land to mate.

The natural lifespan of the Waved Albatross is 40-45 years, however recent pressure from illegal long-line fishing practices is killing the adult members of this species at an alarming rate. This is because the albatrosses dive for their food and if they mistake a baited hook being towed hundreds of metres behind a fishing vessel for live feed they will be dragged under and drowned. With a species that mates for life, killing one bird is as good as killing the pair. This is particularly sad because it is quite simple to rig long line fishing hooks to sink faster which would significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary bycatch.

Adult Waved Albatrosses have a wing-span of over two metres.


Nazca Boobies

Mating Blue-Footed Boobies

The victory dance conducted by the pair after a successful session.

A juvenile and a mature sally lightfoot crab

Our magnificent yacht - Ye ol' Yate Darwin... yarrr

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