Walking in the path of Darwin and the turtles in the Galapagos Boston Globe Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Galapagos wildlife captures curiosity Chicago Tribune Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The Galapagos Islands: On the extinction of species Economist Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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June 15, 2010
In a recent survey sponsored by Explore that asked people to list their favorite "Wondrous Experiences of the World," the Blue footed Booby actually won.
But seriously, how could it not?
This comical looking, lovable tropical seabird with the bright webbed feet, is just one of its proud inhabitants.
Of course, when one thinks of these Islands, owned by Ecuador, giant tortoises come to mind.
They too must have realized the Islands were paradise, because naturalists believe they first arrived in San Cristobal clinging to a piece of driftwood from a river mouth along the Pacific Coast.
Yes, of all the "wondrous experiences" of the world, you've no doubt guessed that the Galapagos were declared the most wondrous.
What took them so long?
The Theory of Evolution might not have happened without Darwin setting foot there and seeing those huge, dawdling (some over 500 lbs.) land-based tortoises.
When the vice-governor told him that he could identify what island these reptiles were from simply by looking at them and that they developed into their own sub-species, "Aha," thought Charles.
Or something to that effect.
Turns out there were 15 species of tortoises in all, originally. Eleven are left today.
From Darwin's notebook in 1837:
“In July opened first note-book on Transmutation of Species. Had been greatly struck from about the month of previous March on character of South American fossils, and species on Galapagos Archipelago. These facts are the origin of all my views.”
The beautiful thing about the Galapagos is that even today, they keep a low profile. There are only about 3,000 tourists there at any given times.
Besides the giant tortoises, the regulars include the legendary marine and land iguanas and seal colonies; they're all highly approachable, as their isolated evolution has not conditioned them to fear humans.
They regard us as almost their equals.
Do have the sea cucumbers (rumored to be an aphrodisiac) in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, and then you'll want to keep Lonesome George company, the last Pinta giant tortoise left, at the Darwin station.
I hope all this serves as a reminder that our travel contest ends June 30, 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and you would be advised not to dawdle either.
Since going to www.petermanseye.com/sweeps and entering once a day increases your chances.
Any boob, or booby, blue footed or otherwise, knows that.
About Darwin aboutdarwin.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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Flora & Fauna ecuador-travel.net Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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