The ugly lizard and the beauty of Evolution.
Marine Iguana(Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is the one of endemic species found only in Galapagos island.They evolved from origin species of Iguana from South America mainland.
How's this cold blood lizard survive on this arid island? They feed on the algae on the inter-tidal zone or even deep below the surface.They bask in the sun on the lava rock to keep the body temperature warm enough to forage down deep in the sea.They evolved to have long claw to grip on the rock while fighting with swell the break the shore.The noses get flatter that easier to graze the algae off the rock.
If you have got a chance to experience this unique species on the limited number of diving liveaboard in Galapagos.Please do respect the rule and regulations to interact them.Do not chase Marine Iguana while they're in the water!While they foraging on algae the frigid water reduced their body temperature.For us maybe it's so easy to fill up your belly and survive for another day but for some Marine Iguana might not that easy.While they grazing algae off the rock in trance, reduce their movement, just keep biting the algae on the rock ignore all the world around,They can keep doing that for quite long underwater.But if we chasing them and disturb when they feeding, they will run away to the surface and they lose the energy and temperature to keep them warm while swim in the frigid cold water.For some animal that mean they lose the chance to survive on the harsh environment in nature.
Galapagos is the place that make me realized we're just a tiny tiny mark on the earth's lifetime.I hope our human being little time on earth won't destroy the long process of the beauty of evolution of all life.
Thanks to M/V Galapagos Sky crews and all the trip members for this amazing Galapagos experience. #galapagos#ecuador#marineiguana#nature#ocean#galapagossky#evolution#southamerica#underwaterphotography#scuba#diving#paditv#instagood#instalike#photooftheday#picoftheday
Piqueiro anidando dos crías. Lo blanco que se ve alrededor es excremento de las mismas aves, el piqueiro limpia su espacio para anidar y de ese modo también marca territorio. Me parece increíble como no aplasta a sus crías y sólo les da calor. #piqueiro patas azules #crias#galapagos#planetearth#nature#mother