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The Galapagos Islands are home to numerous animals , most of which are unafraid of humans. The Galapagos archipelago is renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife and has become a mecca for natural-history enthusiasts.

Galapagos sea lions

Here, you can swim with sea lions, float eye-to-eye with penguins, stand beside a blue-footed booby and ogle as it feeds its young. The islands' renowned bird and marine life includes albatrosses, penguins, boobies, turtles, giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, whales and dolphins. The dominant quadrupeds in the islands are reptiles - which is why Galapagos was long considered a refuge for prehistoric, primitive creatures.

Galapagos has twenty-two species of reptiles belonging to five families: tortoises, marine turtles, lizards and iguanas, geckos, and snakes. Twenty of these are endemic to the archipelago and many are endemic to individual islands.

Because the Galapagos Islands are surrounded by thousands of miles of open ocean, seabirds have a prominent place in the island's fauna. Five species (of 19) are endemic to Galapagos. For land birds, 22 of 29 resident species are endemic.

The mammal you'll see the most of is the Galapagos sea lion, but there's also a great chance to spot dolphins and whales when cruising between the islands.

Scientists have recorded more than 300 species of fish, and snorkeling among schools of colorful tropical fish in Galapagos is an extremely rewarding experience.

Visitors never leave without many memories and pictures of the wonderful creatures found in this special place.

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