Harvey Visits the Galapagos Islands

Updated: Mar 11

This is part of the Galapagos Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador in South America. There are 13 major islands and 7 smaller islands, and hardly anyone lives there. That’s because they’re so far away from the mainland and a lot of the land was built by lava from volcanoes. It’s almost entirely preserved as a national park.

Over 200 species of animals live there. Some of them can only be found in the Galapagos Islands. Here are a few of Harvey's favorites from his visit:

Galapagos Fur Seals

Size: 4 to 5 feet, 87 pounds

They Eat: Fish, squid, shellfish

Fun Fact: They spend equal time in and out of the water and can regulate their own body temperature.

Galapagos Sea Lion

Size: 59 to 98 inches, 110 to 880 pounds

They Eat: Fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans

Fun Fact: They're awkward on land but very skilled swimmers!

Galapagos Penguin

Size: 19 to 21 inches, 5.5 pounds

They Eat: Small fish

Fun Fact: These penguins don't need snow and ice. They can keep their bodies from over-heating in the warmer temperatures of the Galapgos by stretching out their flippers, avoiding the sun, panting, and swimming in cool water.

Swallow-Tailed Gull

Size: 20 to 22 inches, 22 to 28 ounces

They Eat: Fish, squid

Fun Fact: They are the only fully nocturnal (active at night) sea birds in the world.

Galapagos Tortoise

Size: 5 feet, 550 pounds

They Eat: Prickly pear cactus, fruits, flowers, grasses

Fun Fact: They can live over 150 years!

Galapagos Land Iguana

Size: 3 to 5 feet, 25 pounds

They Eat: Plants, shrubs, cactus

Fun Fact: They look like they're smiling.

Galapagos Batfish

Size: 16 inches

They Eat: Deep sea fish, crustaceans

Fun Fact: Also known as the red-lipped batfish (for obvious reasons), this fish is a terrible swimmer, but it can “walk” on the ocean floor using its pectoral fins.

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