Galapagos Encounters: You Will See These 4 Animals

Randy and Bethany April 25, 2013 2

I feel a little like Babe Ruth standing at home plate, arm stretched out towards the centerfield wall, calling his shot in the 1932 World Series. The difference is the Bambino only had the courage to call one long ball that day, where as I am willing to guarantee four wildlife home runs in the Galapagos Islands.

Why would I make such a claim? Well, because the Galapagos rocks!  It is one of the few places on earth where we are the minority. This provides us with countless opportunities to connect with so many different types of wildlife in their natural environment.  So, without further ado, here is my called shot: I personally guarantee if you take a cruise through the Galapagos Islands, you will have encounters with all four of these animals.

Blue-Footed Booby

Blue footed boobie

How can you not love any creature that has blue feet. Blue-footed boobies may be one of the most iconic birds in the islands, but fear not, you will have a number of opportunities to see them hanging out in different coastal environments around the archipelago.

Best place for an encounter: Everywhere

Sea Lions

Sea lion

Sea Lions may not be as exotic as some of the other wildlife on this list, especially if you have ever been to Sea World. However, seeing this charismatic creature playing environment may be the greatest memory you will take home from your trip to the Galapagos Islands, as they will swim and play with you any chance they can get.

Best place for an encounter: Snorkeling

Marine Iguanas

Marine iguanas

These cold blooded creatures are the bad boys of the islands. Get too close and they will let you know by spitting at you. Don’t take it too personally though, these guys are born to spit due to the fact that the algae they feed on consists mostly of salt water, which they flush out through their nostrils. Despite their saliva problem, marine lizards are extremely photogenic.

Best place for an encounter: Fernandina and Isabela

Sea Turtles

See sea turtles in the Galapagos

Unless you are snorkeling, you’ll most likely hear these gentle giants before you see them as they surface for air while swimming past you. To see these prehistoric looking creatures in the comfort of their own space is truly amazing and only gets better if you come across one while snorkeling or diving.

Best places for encounter: Everywhere



  1. sinead August 7, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Hi, your photos are amazing. Could I ask what underwater camera you used? Thanks

  2. Randy Kalp August 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Sinead,

    Thanks! Glad you liked the photos. We were using a Nikon underwater POS, but overall it wasn’t that good. It fogged up quite a bit due to the cool water and humid, warm air. And it had a difficult time focusing underwater. Personally, I think a GoPro would be the way to go for underwater video.

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