Weird and Wonderful Galapagos Wildlife Worth Saving

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Two smiling marine iguanas photo
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Darwin made a smart choice when he picked Galapagos as the place to develop his theory of natural selection: This group of islands has some of the most incredible species in the world. Earlier this month, a star-studded group of adventurers with the Mission Blue oceans conservation group -- dedicated to raising money for protecting unique marine and ocean areas -- took a trip to the islands in order to see what's at stake.

Marine Iguanas


The Galapagos marine iguana is the only iguana species that dives down to forage in the ocean's depths. Darwin found these lizards "disgusting" but they are really attractively ugly, no? They feed almost exclusively on marine algae. The marine iguana's conservation status is considered vulnerable.

More: A Visual Orgasm on the Galapagos Islands

Credit: Graham Hill

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