Galápagos Close-Up: Fernandina Island

Fernandina sits just off Isabela Island and is the youngest island in the archipelago. Its volcanos are still active and most of the island is covered with lava. Consequently, there are relatively few plant species, mainly cactus and mangroves.

lavacactus_fernandinaThe lava creates amazing patterns beautiful in their wild and quixotic nature.lavaformations_fernandinaI spy Jabba the Hutt (or one of his close relatives) in the landscape above…do you?seaturtle_fernandinaMangroves are favorite hangouts for sea turtles but I never managed to catch a good shot.marineiguanamound_fernandinaMarine iguanas are literally everywhere on Fernandina.  We had to be careful not to step on them.motherchild_sealions_fernandinaWe sat and watched the sea lions frolic until darkness forced us to leave.threesealions_fernandina-2The clear affection and playful nature make it easy to anthropomorphize these mammals. My resolution for 2017 is to improve my video skills.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the clip above. Seeing them in action really brings these marvelous animals to life.

More on these incredible islands coming soon!

 

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