GringosAbroad Ecuador

Weekly Photo – Galapagos Marine Iguana

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Galapagos Islands

This fun little guy was living in a brackish swamp on Isabela Island. He is a Marine Iguana and he was about two and a half feet long. I shot this picture on day 5 of our Galapagos vacation. In certain areas, these are literally everywhere. I think they are my favorite of all the Galapagos wildlife. When they are ready to rest, they just let their bodies drop – they kind of look dead – but they are just sleeping/resting.

They have the ability to process sea water internally. They expel the extra salt through their nostrils – it is really cool to see. To do this, they just give a good snort and the super salty snot comes out in a bit of a mist – but with tornado force. We managed to get this on video, so we’ll be adding this over the next couple of weeks.


You might also enjoy...


Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

3 comments… add one
  • Ralph Sabean Aug 14, 2011, 11:32 am

    I really like the turtle because it reminds me of a prehistoric creature. The pink Flamingos are nice as well. I found a turle along the French Basin TRail and it was an agressive type that made a snap at my cane. Good thing it was steel. I thought if a kid came along and went over too it, it may bite them. I got ahold of it at its rear near the hind legs and it. tried to bite me but couldn’t reach so i started carrying it toward the pond and it dug me with sharp claws. I was not happy because i never even had it close to the pond.

  • Linda Jul 10, 2011, 5:14 am

    Very cool picture!, you always did like Iguanas!

Leave a Comment

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.