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Home to the only tropical living penguin species on the planet, the only type of iguana to feed in the sea, and a flightless cormorant, the Galapagos Islands are a biologists paradise! Other notable inhabitants include thirteen endemic tanager species, commonly known as 'Darwin's finches', the Galapagos giant tortoise and the blue-footed booby.

In 1986, the 70,000 square kilometers of ocean surrounding the islands was declared a marine reserve, second in size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In 1990, the archipelago became a whale sanctuary. UNESCO recognised the islands in 1978 as a World Heritage Site and in 1985, as a biosphere reserve.
School of Razor surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius) Galapagos. Pacific ocean.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / School of Razor surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavius) Galapagos. Pacific ocean.
People watching the Fissure eruption of Chico volcano into 9km diameter caldera. Sierra Negra volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. October 2005.  -  Tui  De Roy
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Tui De Roy / People watching the Fissure eruption of Chico volcano into 9km diameter caldera. Sierra Negra volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. October 2005.
Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on the shore, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on the shore, Galapagos
Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia) on Erythrina flower, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia) on Erythrina flower, Galapagos
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) diving in flight, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) diving in flight, Galapagos
Volcan Alcedo giant tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) wallowing in rain pools on caldera floor, possibly for thermoregulation or detering parasites, with sulphur fumaroles in background, Alce...  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Volcan Alcedo giant tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra vandenburghi) wallowing in rain pools on caldera floor, possibly for thermoregulation or detering parasites, with sulphur fumaroles in background, Alce...
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) on beach, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) on beach, Galapagos
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) emerging from water, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) emerging from water, Galapagos
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) males displaying, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) males displaying, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) male displaying inflated gular sac, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) male displaying inflated gular sac, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) plunge-diving at high speed, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) plunge-diving at high speed, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) pair in courtship display, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) displaying, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) displaying, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) swimming, Champion Islet, near Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador, May.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) swimming, Champion Islet, near Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador, May.
Sally-lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) on rocks,  Borrero Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, may.  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Sally-lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) on rocks, Borrero Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador, may.
Vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus nanus) perched on mossy branch, Galapagos.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus nanus) perched on mossy branch, Galapagos.
Nazca booby (Sula granti) courtship behavior at sunset. Galapagos Islands.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Nazca booby (Sula granti) courtship behavior at sunset. Galapagos Islands.
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) male with vocal pouch inflated, Genovesa Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. May.  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) male with vocal pouch inflated, Genovesa Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. May.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on rock taken with slow shutter speed to show motion in the water, Galapagos islands, May.  -  Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on rock taken with slow shutter speed to show motion in the water, Galapagos islands, May.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) and tourist. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic species.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) and tourist. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic species.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus) resting on sand, with flipper on face, Mosquera Islet, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus californianus) resting on sand, with flipper on face, Mosquera Islet, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Yellowtailed surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavus) shoal, Galapagos.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Yellowtailed surgeonfish (Prionurus laticlavus) shoal, Galapagos.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on coast, with yacht Mary Anne. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on coast, with yacht Mary Anne. Fernandina Island. Galapagos, Endemic Species.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) silhouetted at sunset, Galapagos.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) silhouetted at sunset, Galapagos.
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) walking Cerro Dragon, Galapagos.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) walking Cerro Dragon, Galapagos.
Espanola mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi) on beach, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Espanola mockingbird (Mimus macdonaldi) on beach, Galapagos
Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands, Galapagos  -  Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands, Galapagos
Tourists looking at Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) captive at Charles Darwin Research Center of Galapagos Islands, August 2010. Model released.  -  Michele  Westmorland
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Michele Westmorland / Tourists looking at Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) captive at Charles Darwin Research Center of Galapagos Islands, August 2010. Model released.
Tourists walking through Charles Darwin Research Center, Galapagos Islands. August 2010. Model released.  -  Michele  Westmorland
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Michele Westmorland / Tourists walking through Charles Darwin Research Center, Galapagos Islands. August 2010. Model released.
Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) walking towards camera, Urbina Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) walking towards camera, Urbina Bay, Isabela Island, Galapagos.
Three Galapagos green turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii) feeding on seaweed growing on lava rocks in sunny shallow water. Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. East Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Three Galapagos green turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii) feeding on seaweed growing on lava rocks in sunny shallow water. Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. East Pacific Ocean.
Portrait of Sally lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) on a beach. San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Tropical East Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of Sally lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) on a beach. San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Tropical East Pacific Ocean.
Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) young playing in shallow water. Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. East Pacific Ocean  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) young playing in shallow water. Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. East Pacific Ocean
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) mother and young touching noses, Galapagos Islands, May  -  Ben  Hall
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Ben Hall / Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) mother and young touching noses, Galapagos Islands, May
RF - Sally lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) Galapagos, April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / RF - Sally lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) Galapagos, April. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii), courtship ritual, Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands .  -  Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii), courtship ritual, Seymour Island, Galapagos Islands .
Espanola Giant tortoise (Geochelone hoodensis) showing saddle-shaped shell, previously extinct on Espanola Island, it is being reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Station's Breeding Center, Sa...  -  Inaki  Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Espanola Giant tortoise (Geochelone hoodensis) showing saddle-shaped shell, previously extinct on Espanola Island, it is being reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Station's Breeding Center, Sa...
Espanola giant tortoise (Geochelone hoodensis) showing saddle-shaped shell. Previously extinct on Espanola Island, they are now being reintroduced from the Charles Darwin Research Station and Breeding...  -  Inaki  Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Espanola giant tortoise (Geochelone hoodensis) showing saddle-shaped shell. Previously extinct on Espanola Island, they are now being reintroduced from the Charles Darwin Research Station and Breeding...
RF - Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) five females hauled out on a beach. Espagnola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Tropical East Pacific Ocean. (This image may be licensed either as righ...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) five females hauled out on a beach. Espagnola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Tropical East Pacific Ocean. (This image may be licensed either as righ...
Red-footed booby (Sula sula) on the nest in the mangrove with a chick, Genovesa, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Red-footed booby (Sula sula) on the nest in the mangrove with a chick, Genovesa, Galapagos.
Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) in the forest, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) in the forest, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair during courtship, Espanola Island, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair during courtship, Espanola Island, Galapagos.
Nazca booby (Sula granti) portrait from Espanola Island, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Nazca booby (Sula granti) portrait from Espanola Island, Galapagos.
Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair during courtship, Espanola Island, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair during courtship, Espanola Island, Galapagos.
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) portrait on Espanola Island, Galapagos.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) portrait on Espanola Island, Galapagos.
Hikers admire the view from the caldera rim of the Chico Volcano, Sierra Negra, Isabela Island, Galapagos, January 2009  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Hikers admire the view from the caldera rim of the Chico Volcano, Sierra Negra, Isabela Island, Galapagos, January 2009
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