With many conservation methods happening concerning the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, it is becoming easier for people to see and enjoy. This remote archipelago is home to a huge collection of famous wildlife known throughout the world.
Together with the theory of evolution via natural selection that Darwin developed, it’s an integral scientific concept, and without conservation methods we can lose these creatures that are why we know a whole lot of what we do about how we evolved. The following are a couple of the islands’ more common inhabitants, resident on the island year round and always pleased to give a photo opportunity for visiting tourists.
Galapagos Fur Seal
The Fur Seals can normally be found in shade on steep, rugged and rocky ground, spending only around 70% of their life in the water.
In fact, the Fur Seal is essentially a sea lion species using the Galapagos one even smaller than the relatives. The creatures are generally smaller in size using a wider and shorter head than Sea Lions and are a dark brown to light gray color.
Unfortunately, the early 1980s saw the event of El Nio and this decreased the amount of Galapagos fur seals greatly – there are now around 40,000. 20 years in the average life span.
It seems that the finches have flown in from mainland South America and have colonised on the islands, whilst changing form. Interbreeding of the birds from different islands is not possible due to the distances and so the populations on the many islands are unique. They also have different diets, finches with big sturdy beaks tend to eat nuts and finches with thin sharp beaks tend to eat insects.
Many people believe these finches were collected by Darwin and were an integral part of how he developed the development theory that most of us know. ‘Adaptive radiation’ is exactly what this evolutionary process was dubbed by Darwin, and this development continued until there were different species of finch.