Marine Iguana, Espanola Island, Galapagos

Off on holiday for ten days ... so I thought I'd leave with an overlooked shot from our trip to Galapagos a couple of years ago ...

 

Darwin was unimpressed both with the Galapagos Islands and the iguanas ... but this fellow was just sooo handsome ...

 

The marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is an iguana found only on the Galápagos Islands that has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea, making it a marine reptile. The iguana can dive over 30 ft (10 m) into the water. It has spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and is sometimes called the Galápagos marine iguana. It mainly lives on the rocky Galápagos shore, but can also be spotted in marshes and mangrove beaches.

 

[Wikipedia]

 

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