visiones de galápagos #2

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    One of the greatest appeals of diving for me is the ability to come close, sometimes really close to all kind of marine animals, big and small ones. It is something that is ultimately missing from most of wildlife interaction overland. Galapagos islands due to unique history of archipelago defy this common pattern - a lot of species living there are not afraid of people, due to evolution path which excluded need for them to be aware of predators in their daily life. For some species, like legendary giant tortoises, after that islands are named, this served pretty bad deal - they were "collected" almost to extinction by sailors stopping by archipelago for their meat and shells. Almost 300,000 of several tortoise species were killed, leaving few sub-species extinct. Good news is that now people are trying to rebuild their population in facilities like Charles Darwin Research station on Santa Cruz Island, but it will take many people generations to be realized - even 30-years old tortoies look very small, compared to matured adults, some of them are over hundred years old, and some of them actually met mr. Darwin in person. It was great fun to come close near these ancient giants and snap few wide-angle shots, very inspiring experience.

    BryanClark, Sigi K ॐ, AndreS -, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. alphazeta 65 months ago | reply

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      Simply stunning. Great photography

    2. alphazeta 65 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/868905@N22/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Sigi K ॐ 65 months ago | reply

      An excellent shot. great narrative! well done

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    4. AndreS - 65 months ago | reply

      The Old Morla!!! form Never Ending story!!

      Great take :)

    5. Cameron_hf 65 months ago | reply

      Hihi... Someone seems grumpy...

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    6. Cjasar 65 months ago | reply

      You could read a page of natural history right on the place. Simply amazing.

    7. xe08 [deleted] 64 months ago | reply

      upssss, jajajaja...beautiful!!!

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