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Faster than a speeding bullet!

The Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is the rarest penguin species in the world.

 

I snorkeled all around these babies and they are like bullets in the water!!

 

They are the third smallest species of penguin. The average Galapagos Penguin is 49 centimetres (19 in) long and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 lb) in weight.

 

The species is endangered, with an estimated population size of around 1,500 individuals in 2004, according to a survey by the Charles Darwin Research Station.

 

The population underwent an alarming decline of over 70% in the 1980s, but is slowly recovering.

 

There are less than 1000 breeding pairs of Galapagos Penguins in the world.

 

Photo: Off the coast of of Isabela Island, Galapagos.

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Taken on August 25, 2012