The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic chain of islands located in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador in South America. The islands are volcanic in origin and owe their existence to a “hot spot” in the Earth’s mantle where convection pushes mantle material through the crust on its way toward the surface. This exact same mechanism produced the islands of Hawaii.
The unique position of the Galapagos Islands has created a rich and diverse population of marine life that is endemic to the islands. Located on the equator, the warm tropical climate is moderated by the cold, nutrient rich Humboldt Current to create this unique habitat that supports numerous marine species. Galapagos Sea Turtles are just one of these amazing species. For more information check out this article in the Journal of Herpetology.
Galapagos Sea Turtles Get Less AttentionGalapagos Sea Turtles are amazing creatures and we were able to snorkel with them in shallow waters of Floreana Island in the Galapagos Island chain. Sea Turtles in the Galapagos attracted far less attention than the larger, more famous and easier to exploit Giant Tortoise land cousins. It is for this reason they were not forced to the brink of extinction like the Giant Tortoises on land.
I wanted to share the video from this amazing trip my wife and I took during the summer of 2012. In this particular video, I am featuring our underwater snorkeling trip on the Island of Floreana where we encountered numerous sea turtles.
Here is our video.
Galapagos Sea Turtles are really beautiful and perfectly adapted for life in the sea. Male sea turtles spend their entire lives in the sea. Females come to shore to lay their eggs in holes they dig in beach sands. Check out this video compliments of molder6843.
The Galapagos Islands are an extraordinary place on earth. They are a UNESCO World Preserve waiting for you to discover. They are a fantastic place to visit.
I hope you enjoyed the videos and the article.
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