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Galapagos Islands marine life


Five examples of the varied marine life are as follows.

There are over 12 species of sharks with no known attacks on man, 2 species of hammerheads. 5 species of rays (stingrays, golden ray, marbled ray, spotted eagle ray and manta rays), 18 types of morays, the more common tiger shark, black-tip shark and the whale and gray reef shark.

Galapagos vermilion flycatcher

The marine mammals frequenting the water ocean are the dolphins along with their extended family the bottle-nosed and common species.

Galapagos fish

The whales species include the Brydes whales, pilot whale, Minke whale, blue whale and Cuviers whale who traverse the complete island range although Fernandina and Isabela Islands are considered hot spots for viewing these whales.

In addition there are numerous starfish, urchins and crustaceans as well as sea cucumbers bobbing around.

Most visitors to  the Galapagos spend very little time under the water and at that, mostly to do some casual snorkeling. The vast majority of the marine life is therefore seen by very tourist.

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