Sally lightfoot crab at James Bay, Genovesa, Galapagos
The foam indicates that this crab will begin to shed its exoskeleton soon.
A pair of swallow-tailed gulls at Seymour Norte, Galapagos
Swallow-tailed gulls spend most of their life flying and hunting over the open ocean. The main breeding location is the rocky shores and cliffs of the eastern Galapagos islands where the water is warmer.
A snoring Galapagos sea lion pup at James Bay on Santiago
The pups in the rock pools of James Bay at Santiago were particularly playful. This one indulged in Zen-like floating pose and snored.
Brown pelican at Genovesa, Galapagos
Its giant pouched bill and enormous size (4 feet long with a 6.5-foot wingspan) make this bird immediately recognizable. As such, it is usually the earliest bird identified by visitors. Nesting year-round on most islands, they are usually brown, but adults develop bright white and chestnut head and neck markings throughout the breeding season.
Sea lion pup at Seymour Norte, Galapagos
Galapagos sea lions breed from May through to January. Because of this prolonged breeding season and the extensive care required by the pups from their mother, there are dependent pups in the colonies year round.
Red-footed booby at Genovesa, Galapagos
The red-footed booby comes in a confusing array of color morphs, ranging from individuals that are all white except for blackish on the wing, to individuals that are entirely dark brown. Some birds fail to fit neatly into any of the typical color morph categories, and many variations exist. Color morphs do not segregate; individuals representing several morphs breed in a single colony.
Sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguana at James Bay, Santiago
The crabs and marine iguanas live in a symbiotic relationship. The iguanas welcome that the crabs feed on their old skin.
Male magnificent frigatebird at Seymour Norte, Galapagos
Most of the scuba diving trips to Darwin and Wolf stop by at Seymour Norte, an extraordinary place for breeding birds, home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds.
Galapagos green turtle resting at the sea bottom at Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela
I found this Galapagos green turtle while snorkelling at Punta Vicente Roca. The visibility was poor due to the sandy bottom and the green algae in the cold water.
Galapagos mockingbird at Genovesa, Galapagos
The limelight may have been stolen by Darwin’s more famous finches, but it was the mockingbirds of the Galapagos that had the greatest early influence on his theory of Natural Selection.
Flightless cormorants momentarily resting during their courtship
These birds were busy with courting and they did not care about me taking scandalous pictures of their intercourse. The action was so hectic though, that I did not manage to take a single good picture when they were frantically on it. Only when they rested I was able to document their relationship.
Colony of marine iguanas at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, Galapagos
The youngest and volcanically most active island, Fernandina, hosts one of the largest colonies of marine iguanas in Galapagos.