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The Galapagos Islands 
The Galapagos Islands form an archipelago of volcanic islands.  Straddling the equator in the Pacific Ocean, they are about 1000km (about 625 miles) west of continental Ecuador.  They are well known for their vast number of endemic species. The Galapagos  were the first UNESCO World Heritage Site to be registered in 1978.  Now, they are also registered on the World Heritage in Danger Site. 
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The male great frigatebird is inflating his gular sac and trying to get the attention of a female.
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The playful Galapagos sea lions showed me their favorite acrobatic performance to the full extent.
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The squab of the great frigatebird sits still and waits for the return of its parent.
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The Galapagos penguins are too cute. I fought the impulse to pick them up.
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The male flightless cormorant at the right spent more than 30 minutes declaring his love to the female flightless cormorant and asking for copulation.
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The islands of Galapagos are in an area where a cold current and a warm current are mixed and they are filled with nutrition.
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The beach of the Stephan Bay was the first beach of the Galapagos Islands where Darwin landed. I found many traces of sea turtles’ spawning activity on the beach.
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Shall I call it the rock with a crater lake or is the rock itself a crater lake? Some flamingos are playing in the water.
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Nutritionally rich sea waters run into each other and bring ample oxygen into the sea for the creatures under there.
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Today, as usual, the sky and the sea are embraced with the fantastic shades of color that make it dramatic.
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Yellow-tailed grunt, a variety of star snapper.
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A golden-eye grunt swims in a group in the middle depth.
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Galapagos sea lion is so curious about my camera that it takes various poses to draw my attention.
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A Galapagos penguin picks on me by pecking at my shoulder with its beak and then runs away.
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The Pacific burrfish is one of the most friendly fish. I wonder why they want to show their faces so much?
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A blue-footed booby. The males are smaller and chatter like baby birds and the females croak in low tones.
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A mother seal lion is comfortably taking a nap.
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Galapagos sea lions are illuminated by the sunset in the shower of the seawater.
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Only the male marine iguana in Espanola Island has a red body. When the mating season comes, the color becomes even more vivid.
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I heard that the giant tortoise lives 1,128 meters (0.75 miles) above the sea level on the mountaintop and caldera of Volcano Alcedo on Isabela Island. I spent two days just to get there.


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